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11 Essential Checklists For Developing A Website

Web Designing is an art of building an online identity to promote a product/service/organization. Every web designer must be a serial learner. Not only technology-wise but also there are several related skills to be developed. Almost 35% of the websites are done by Freelancers worldwide. It includes both corporate sites & some complex applications. So there are some common checklists for developing a website and let’s have a look on it.

1. Hosting:

As always the requirements are same from every customer. “I need unlimited space & unlimited bandwidth”. But this is not the right selection process of choosing the best hosting provider. There are certain factors to be considered on s the best hosting provider for your website. Here are some of them…

  • 24/7 Support
  • Secure site certification
  • Enhanced Malware Protection
  • Malware and spam protection
  • Multiple servers to ensure that you and your site are protected & more.

2. Technology:

Most developers and technical leads face this demand practically every time a new project land on their dashboard. What constitutes the right decision? How do I ensure that I do not take up unnecessary technical debt because of the wrong technology?

My simple answer is the decision maker on selecting the technology must be a Business Analyst / Technical Head, not customer. Yes, sometimes a customer comes up with a wrong technology by listening to the naysayers. A smart developer always chooses better tools to implement the solution.

3. Typography:

The biggest example of the importance of typography in web design comes through brand recognition. Color, font, and text all come together to make any one brand distinct in the eyes of the consumer. Even so, some still question the further usage of typographic use in web design.

While the main content is any websites’ main goal, typography is important to its effect. Some sources say successful web design is 95% typography. For this discussion, we will go even farther and say that successful web design is 99% typography.

4. Color:

Companies and clients will often have a set of colors used in the corporate logo that they want to be implemented in the site design. It’s the web designer’s job to educate the client about how those colors will fit into the site’s style and gently encourage changes if necessary.

Colors have different meanings in different cultures and countries, so understanding the meaning of color in your target market is important.

5. Responsive:

A website with responsive web design is a site that is able to adapt to the screen it is being used on, regardless of what device it is. The website automatically reformats to give the user a better experience that it well suited to their device and can give your site a number of benefits as well as be in line with Google recommendations.

This helps you all ways to improve your design, customer experience, and Google ranking.

6. Content:

Good content is what sets your website apart from the masses and delivers the right message into the hearts and minds of your customers. The success of your website is determined primarily by its content.

High-quality content is crucial to the success of any website in order to retain visitors and have a high ranking on search engines. Of course, the design of the website is essential in making a good first impression on your visitors, but the content of the website is what will keep them coming back.

7. User Experience (UX):

UX is key for complex sites (especially for E-Commerce websites) because users must be able to easily navigate the site and understand how to use it. Neglecting UX can result in a sloppy site that people will not come back to. Developing an interaction-rich experience will gain customer retention.

8. SEO Optimized:

Majority of search engines users are more likely to choose one of the top 5 suggestions in the results page so to take advantage of this and gain visitors to your website or customers to your on-line store you need to rank as higher as possible.

SEO is not only about search engines but good SEO practices improve the user experience and usability of a website.

9. Images:

Choosing images is definitely one of the most fun and difficult tasks in creating a website. Different websites need different images for different reasons. You might need photos that convey atmosphere or you might be using photos as part of your marketing or sales strategy. Either way, there are some common ground rules that are true for almost every kind of website, and this short guide covers them all. Here’s how to select the right images for your website.

10. Cross Browser:

Not all web browsers are created equal. Some are exclusively compatible with certain operating systems, while some boast features they claim others lack, like privacy mode and auto-updating. Some browsers even restrict certain features to a specific operating system.

With so many variables on the surface, there are even more differences underneath that impact the way websites and web applications display and behave across different browsers. For this reason, when a web application is in the process of being completed, it is good practice to conduct Cross Browser Testing.

11. Sitemap:

This is the final list to be done after and it’s essential too. Sitemaps are not a novelty. They have always been part of best Web design practices but with the adoption of sitemaps by search engines, now they become even more important.

However, it is necessary to make a clarification that if you are interested in sitemaps mainly from an SEO point of view, you can’t go on with the conventional sitemap only. For instance, Google Sitemaps uses a special (XML) format that is different from the ordinary HTML sitemap for human visitors.

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Progressive and open minded Business professional with over 6 years of experience in Digital Media & Outsourcing Industries. Dedicated and self-motivated with the ability to thrive in a collaborative work environment. Interested in Blogging & Digital Marketing and Passionated with Startup Eco-system.

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