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What Do You Need To Know Before Starting A Website?

So you had an idea running down in your mind, and you want to shape it by presenting it online on the web using a website. It is not a difficult task but can be confusing sometimes if you are not so tech-savvy. In my opinion, creating a website is a pretty easier task than running it successfully for a longer time as it involves plenty of planning.

Thousands of people start websites every week, but only a few end up making their websites successful. If you are building a website and thinking of making it successful by just asking your friends to visit it, you are probably wrong. There are many factors that decide the scalability of a website, and their many points that need to be considered.

In this article today, we will be talking about certain things that you need to know before starting a website.

Things To Consider Before Creating a Website

Here is a list of things that you need to have a check before initializing your website.

Audience

You need to know your audience before creating a website. Knowing your Audience helps you in planning a specific strategy and appealing design for your website. The example is given: A website for kids will have a different design than a website for adults. Moreover, if you know your target audience, you can plan your content accordingly and then promote it on respective platforms.

Aim of Starting a Website

Making things clear at the very start makes it pretty simple. You must analyze the services you are going to provide through your website. Be it a simple blog, Selling affiliate products, or an online marketplace, making things clear will help you focus in the right direction by choosing the right technologies for your website.

Design Of Website

The design and layout of your website should respect the target audience and the aim of starting the website. If you’re starting a blog, your website should be neat and clean so that readers find it easy to read the content published there. Along with that, you also need to choose better fonts. If you are creating a blog using a CMS like WordPress, then it would be quite simple for you to set up these things in a go. And if you’re creating an e-commerce website, make sure the products listed on your website are clearly visible along with the description. A website with a better design creates a state of trust among the visitors.

Domain Name

Buy your website a domain name. Domain should be anything that defines the aim of your website or services. Try to get a shorter domain name that can be easily remembered. You need not go for the premium brandable domain; you can choose a domain at a simple price with a TLD of your own choice. I will suggest you go with.Com.

Web-Hosting

A domain name is just the name of your business and doesn’t store any content or files regarding your website. You will need a Webhosting for that. Since you are going to start a new website, any shared hosting plan will work for you. Once your site catches its true potential, you can shift to VPS or dedicated server hosting. Shared hosting plans start from $2 per month onwards.

Content

You can unarguably say, “Content Is a Major factor for any website to stand out in the competition”. Original and quality content is something that you shouldn’t underestimate. Publish content without compromising the content as it attracts users to stay on the website for a longer period of time; this reduces bounce rate and creates site authority in search engines.

Try to analyze your users and try to find out the content that they would like to read. Content published should be in simple language that doesn’t need a dictionary for the explanation. User references, images, and infographics wherever required. Content should be published in a regular period of time. Try to maintain uniformity in the frequency of publishing of the articles.

Optimization

There are millions of users on the web using different devices with different sizes of display. So it’s quite important to optimize your website according to different resolutions. For this, you need to analyze the traffic and then find the device used by your viewers. This helps in a better user experience on your website.

Using Wireframes

Wireframes are used for content layout and functionalities that define the journey of users on your website. These are used in the early development stage of the website before adding content and design. You can use them based on user imagination.

Logo

Having a simple and quality logo for your website creates authority and trust in the minds of users. Hire a designer to create a quality logo for your website. You can also make a logo by yourself if you are good at designing.

Also, try to watermark the images you upload to your website to refrain other website owners from copying your content.

Research

Never forget to research similar websites that are excelling in the same field. Try to get inspiration from the design and type of content published on the website.

Always take your time in preparing content for your website and do research from multiple resources to provide the best quality and authenticated services to your users.

Timeline

You should take enough time to plan strategies and then prepare the content for your website. But don’t forget to give yourself a deadline for publishing the content. Try to be faster than your competitors.

Conclusion

During the initial days, blogging could be taken as a side hustle for extra earnings, but things have pretty changed now, and competition is touching new heights every day. So you need to concentrate on your website from day 1 and analyze performance regularly. And in terms of earnings, you will have to wait for 6-10 months till your blog catches real potential, and you will be earning more than expected.

About the author

Deepak Sharma

A civil engineer by profession who finds computers quite interesting. Loves to write about his experiments with computers and circuit boards.