Does your business need a website overhaul? Now that you know the key components of great website design, you can begin the planning process and accelerate your digital transformation journey with a powerful, impactful digital shop front. Here are the steps to help you get started:
1) Consider your requirements
Before embarking on any website design or website development project, it’s important to establish your goals and objectives. What is it that you’re trying to achieve with your new site or redesign? Do you need an ecommerce website? Do you want an online booking function? How many pages will you require? You also need to consider your budget and how much you are willing to spend at this stage.
2) Look for inspiration
Now it’s time to get inspired. Conduct your own competitor benchmarking and review like-for-like businesses as well as businesses you aspire to be like. A website design agency can actually help you with this, but it’s always good to have a few ideas ready to start those initial conversations.
3) Choose an agency
Create a shortlist of companies you would like to work with and get in touch for initial quotes and meetings. Even if budget is a concern, try to prioritise things like agency experience and aligned values over cost. Of course the price has to be right, but it’s also important to find a creative partner that is well-matched to your needs.
For small businesses, it can often be beneficial to work with a local web design agency. This way, you can get a much more personal approach, and the team will have local industry knowledge – including where your customers are based, and who your competitors are. And although we live in the digital age of video meetings, it’s always good to brainstorm with your web designers and developers in person.
4) Decide on the platform
As well as choosing the right agency to partner with, you’ll also need to think about the best platform for your website. WordPress is our preferred platform because of its easy security features, quality plugins, built-in blog capabilities, and search engine friendly design. But we also build websites with Magento, CS Cart, Shopify and Woocommerce depending on your needs.
5) Agree timescale and deliverables
Before signing on the dotted line, make sure you are happy with what’s getting delivered, and when. The timeline is important, especially if you have a launch date looming. You should also agree on a process for working together, the best methods for communications, and what you will be responsible for providing as the client.
Do you need help with your digital transformation journey? If your site needs a makeover, or you want to create a brand new website for your business, drop us a message. Identify Digital is a web design agency serving the Yorkshire area, and we’re on a mission is to transform local industries.