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A Planning and Decision Guide

It's just like painting a house . . . most of the work is in the preparation . . . at least for you as the customer.

Think the "W" questions - who, what, when, where and why.

Hopefully this information will help you gather your thoughts and materials. Your site will go together better and get posted sooner with advanced planning.

Why have a web site?

Because it’s totally cool and all your friends have one? Well . . . true, but there are other reasons.

Having a web presence says you are serious and professional about your business. Information can be communicated easily and, unlike print media, updated readily.

Maybe your family and friends are far-flung and you want a fun way to share those new baby pictures or that wedding photo album.

Whatever it is, the first step is to know why you want a web site and what you expect it to accomplish for you.

What do you need to get started?

You will need to make decisions about all the things listed on this page. The more you have thought about the five W’s before we meet, the further and faster we’ll get towards your goals.

Design Considerations

Discussions about layout, color schemes and styles should be near the top of any designer’s list. Most things are interrelated. For example, your target audience will help to dictate some things about design. If you are trying to reach a high-end computer-savvy market, you might need fancy, sophisticated effects to keep them interested. A more general audience may just be annoyed by graphic intensive, slow-loading pages on older computers with dial-up connections, or cool presentations that require additional software to see.

Generally, you want to try to design for maximum functionality, whatever the viewer’s software, computer type or internet connection. You may have specific ideas about what you want.

Who is your target audience?

These are important questions and the answers may very well dictate the design of your site.

Do you have a domain name? Do you need one?

If you have your own domain, your web address (or URL) will be similar to: www.your_ name.com. It’s pretty fun. And for a business site it may be critical to have your own domain to enhance your professional image. See our information on our Domains and Hosting page.

If your registrar needs to be transferred for an existing domain, we will need some additional information.

Check a domain name availability. Then return here.

Where will your site live?

This is also called Web Hosting. Please refer to our page Domains and Hosting for more details.

Who will keep your site current and up-to-date?

The beauty of the web is its fluidity. You can (and generally should) update your site regularly - add coupons and specials, new services, update your inventory, change photos, etc.

Someone has to do this. Your designer, another provider or someone in your organization can do your maintenance. Most often, you will want your site to be professionally maintained so that you can focus on your business and your life.

How will people find your site?

The best site doesn’t benefit anyone if no one looks at it. Search engine optimization tools can be used with your site. These programs make recommendations and can submit your site to various search engines.

You will also want to think about getting your web address out there on business cards, signs, flyers and print ads. Professional organizations also have referral sites that you can tap into.

How quickly can your site be up and running?

Usually within a few weeks after providing CowboyUp Websites your materials and signing a Contract with us, your site can be running. Depending on the scope of your site, times may vary.

Read our entire Process here.

 

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All comments and descriptions put forth in this web site are from CowboyUp Websites. They are not intended as a total and comprehensive coverage of the information and topics. Please refer to other materials for a complete and further technical explanation.

Cowboy Up Websites is a company designing custom web sites for busineses. We work with small startup companies and individuals as well as large established firms; small 3 page sites to complex database driven websites. We can be your one button to push for your website, including domain name, hosting, and web design files or we can take over an existing site for redesign and update. We start with your website ideas and company needs and design websites for ecommerce, organizations web sites, small business web sites, RV parks, Bed and Breakfasts, hunting, fishing guides and more. We do web development for static HTML sites and dynamic database websites. We also use the names Rockport Web Sites and White Moments Design.