The importance of a well laid out website can be easily overlooked when planning your own website. It’s just like when I wrote my papers for my college English classes. I would write out everything I had to the best of my abilities then I would quickly proof read them and they would sound awesome. I would turn in my paper and a few days later I get them back with a score lower than I had expected. The reason why: real proof reading. It takes stepping back to see what you have created in order to see what needs to be updated. The same concept is true for websites. It’s not realistic to think that you’ll get exactly what you want with your site with the first build.
I have a simple idea for website development. I get a basic idea of what I want and develop that first. From there, I build onto it. Take this site for example. I knew that I wanted to create a site that would help others with their website development, but I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to present the material. Those who view this right away will see a very different site than those who see it much later. I’ll change the style and the templating. I’ll probably rewrite this article a few times, I might even change the purpose of the site entirely.
This all works fine for myself because I’m making my own site and I can do what I want when I want. Most people either can’t or don’t want to make their own sites – which is good since making sites is what pays my bills. That’s my entire business, helping others get the sites they want created. I rarely get a customer that knows exactly what they want from the moment I meet them. Usually my clients have an idea in mind of what they would like to happen on their site, but they don’t know how to really see it through. I spend a large portion of my time consulting with my clients and helping them figure out what they really need and what will actually help to get the results they are after. I’ve had customers come to me with what they thought were brilliant idea’s: music across the site, all flash sites, headers that covered 75% of the screen, and so many more. If you haven’t figured it out already, these are bad ideas. If you think otherwise, please contact me, I can help.