Planning your Website

I know what you're thinking, you're wondering if you really need to plan for a simple website? Yes you do. It is important to begin with some basic planning techniques and necessities.

Things to consider

  • Have you already created a logo and brand?

    One of the first requirements of starting a business or even just a website is having a good name, logo and brand. Having all three will pretty much guarantee a clean, and professional project. This can also make designing your website much easier as a color and general web theme can be easily be derrived from your logo or brand.

  • Do you have a hosting provider & a domain name?

    It is important to make sure that the name of your company.com is available. Allowing someone else to potentially obtain your domain name can lead to a lot of unnecessary confusion and headache. Instead of taking the gamble, just check before you actually register your trademark, business name or trade name. You can do this by doing a search on any domain registrar (we recommend Bonsai Domains.

  • In what language will your website be coded?

    Will your site have any dynamic content? If so, you may want to think about a CMS or which language you will be coding in (I always recommend making your files PHP files). You can usually safely save HTML files as .php files, you just have to make sure you use PHP includes.

  • Which parts of your site will be repeated?

    Certain parts of your website will be included in every page and therefore need to be in SSI's. SSI's will eliminate the need to make the same changes to your website on every page. For example any changes in the head tags, header or footer would otherwise have to be repeat for every single page. This will save you an incredible amount of time and headache and will make updating your website a breeze.