Often one of the questions a new web design client asks is, 'What do you need from me?' So, here's a list of some of the things that your web designer might need from you to successfully complete your website.
You should provide your designer with a steer on where you want your website to go and what you want it to achieve.
You may also guide them visually. To this end it's worth having a small spreadsheet of sites that you like, don't like, and why. This is a good exercise to do in-house or amongst family and friends - ask what works for them and why.
If you have written copy for each, or some of the pages, then provide this electronically. The designer will also need any images (logo, staff pictures, etc) in high resolution (300+ dpi if possible). Also provide any links to third party sites that you want included on your site.
Each page on your website should have some form of call to action or objective. Ideally this call to action or objective is something that you can measure - a download, or call to your sales office. These need to be explicitly stated and communicated to the designer. One way of doing this is to use wireframes. These help clarify what must be on a page and what a page should achieve. If you don't have experience of creating wireframes, then it's worth getting some outside help at this stage.
If you have registered a domain name and/or have your own hosting, then the designer will need these details, probably including ftp and cPanel logins.
Sounds obvious, but make sure the designer knows who and how to contact. If you're a small company, then that's probably you - but nonetheless make it clear who that person is.
If you're a large organisation, it's best if the designer only deals with one person - the project manager ideally. Remember, too many chefs spoil the broth, and design by committee is a great way of killing your website project. So, once the design has been agreed, enter into a one-to-one phase.
So, provide the designer with the contact details of your project manager.
To paraphrase, you should provide your designer with:
- Your Ideas
- Website Copy
- Hosting &/or domain name login details
- Your project manager's contact details
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