Designing a Web site can be a time consuming and often complicated task. Even if you have a general idea or a vision for your site, there are many details that will need your attention before project is completed. How in world do you keep up with it all?
We suggest that you start a journal that will contain your thoughts, notes, and ideas for your Web site design. You can use a standard manila file folder and loose-leaf paper or you may want to create a folder on your computer and use a text editor such as Microsoft Word for your pages. Label your folder "My Web Site". You will need six pages. Label each page as follows:
1.Purpose and Goals 2.Target Audience 3.What I Like 4.What I Don't Like 5.Site Map 6.Other Thoughts/Ideas
Or feel free to visit http://www.mountevansdesigns.com/worksheets.html to download worksheets we use. (This is also page we use when customers hire us. Please look beyond information and deposit sections. The worksheet you need is starts with question "What is purpose of your site?")
1. Purpose and Goals What is purpose of your Web site? What do you hope to achieve with it? What are your goals? Is your purpose to attract a larger audience through search engines? Or to provide information to your current customer base? Jot down your thoughts on your "Purpose and Goals" worksheet. This will help keep you focused on working towards and achieving goals you set for your Web site.
2. Target Audience Take some time to think about who your target audience is. What is their age group? Their gender? Most importantly, what sort of a Web design interface is going to appeal to them?
What do you plan to say to them? Do you have a good idea of how to communicate with your target customer through your Web site copy? Consider what their problems are and how you plan to offers solutions to those problems through your product or service. Write down your thoughts on your "Target Audience" worksheet.
3. What You Like Spend time browsing Web. Take note of Web sites that appeal to you. What is it you like about them? The layout? The colors? The navigation? The fonts?
Layout Think about how you would like your Web site layout to look. Write down URL's of several Web sites that have a layout similar to what you would like to have on your Web site. Add notes on what you like about layout to your "What I Like" worksheet.
Navigation What kind of navigation links would you like for your site? Buttons? Tabs? Text links? Drop down menu? A combination? Again, take note of URL's of several Web sites that have navigation links that you like.
Colors Carefully choose your colors. We can't emphasize enough how important colors are. Keep your target audience in mind - what would appeal to them? Remember that colors represent emotions and perceptions. ˇElegant, business-like colors include dark colors such as navy blue and burgundy. ˇFresh, healthy colors include bright colors such as pale yellows, blues and greens. ˇLoud, high-impact colors include vibrant colors such as red and bright shades of yellow, blue, orange and purple and black.
When you see a Web site that has a color or color scheme that you would like for your site be sure to write down URL on your worksheet! We recommend choosing one color that will be your primary color throughout site and one or two complimentary colors.