Website Design Process
The Design process is pretty simple, doing it well takes a keen eye and an understanding of good design methods. Our Design process changes to keep up with the current styles and functions. Below are the steps we take to ensure each client understands and approves of the work flow.
You’ll notice that they don’t have numbers since they don’t necessarily occur in the order presented.
DIY Design Steps
- Select URL + Keywords
- Sketch framework
- Divide + Combine the layout (for easy navigation)
- Choose typography
- Select Theme Color
- Select/Review each component
- Keep Work Flat
- Cross Platform Compatibility
- Review all work next day
- Publish for client
- Clarify “Call to Action”
- Test 5 sec “value proposition”
- Setup top Social Media
DIY Learn Design
- Resource Guide to Learning Website Design – http://www.skilledup.com/guides/learn-web-design-course-guide
- Over 500 Free Proramming books – http://lifehacker.com/grab-over-500-free-programmi…
DIY Design Latest Trends/Predictions
On Page SEO is everything that can be done to improve a websites standing in search engines ranking. Since these items change over time, we posted them with no ranking.
DIY Learn SEO
- Make the Header Section Order of meta tags for W3C standards.
- Title Tag should be about 6 words give or take a few.
- Description Tag this can be up to 156 characters
- Keywords Tag is not used by Google for ranking, it’s still good practice to use them.
- Heading Tags make sure your first heading tag always begins as an <h1>.
- Overall Word Count should be between 250 to 450, but quality is far more important.
- Alt Attributes with Keywords and descriptions for visually impaired people.
DIY Learn SEO
- Moz’s The Beginners Guide to SEO – http://moz.com/beginners-guide-to-seo
- QuickSprout’s The Advanced Guide to SEO – www.quicksprout.com/the-advanced-guide-to-seo
- Google’s SEO Starter Guide http://static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.com/en/us/webmasters/docs/search-engine-optimization-starter-guide.pdf
Top Design and SEO tools
Tools to build a better site
- Google Webmasters Tools- Gives you Google insight.
- Screaming Frog Spider Tool- SEO Spider allows you to quickly crawl, analyse and audit a site from an onsite SEO perspective.
- Chrome Broken Link Checker – Chrome plugin that will show you broken links on your site.
Understand Your Industry Online
- Google Keyword Planner- You’ll need a free Adwords account to access this tool. https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/2999770?hl=en
- Google Alerts- Listen to the web for important phrases about your industry. https://www.google.com/alerts