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Wednesday 13th of December 2017

Getting Started

The first thing to do is to start writing down what you want to say on each of your web pages. Often, people say that they would like their own website but then can't think of anything to say! If you have a message that is going to be of interest to other people, then you need to think about what that message is, and start writing it down in a structured way.

By structured, we mean that everything relating to one thing should go on one page and everything relating to something else should go onto another page. This may sound obvious, but for many people this is not that easy. This is usually because they find it difficult to separate images, layout and colors from the page content.

The other things to consider are logos and branding. Do you already have business cards, letterheads, a Facebook page, flyers or vehicle lettering designs or ideas? If so, we need to know about them because your website should fit in with your overall business branding. If not, we can design some of those things too.

Have you thought about the images that you intend to use on your website? They are very important if you want to create a good impression. Don't just assume that you can use any images that you want without permission. You will need to either provide your own photographs, obtain or buy royalty free images, or seek permission for copyrighted images. We can assist you with this.

Search Engine Optimisation: This means thinking about the words that people might type into Google if they are searching for a service like yours. If you are a landscape gardener in New York, for example, and you don't mention "landscape gardener" or "New York" anywhere on your website, then how are you ever going to be found on Google? We know about this, and again we can help you to get this right too.

Are you going to include a picture or video of yourself and be prepared to write about yourself so that people reading your website will know something about the person behind it? This may seem daunting, but we can help you to present a good image of yourself if you choose to do so.

You can save and print our free web page design sheet as many times as you like and sketch and write on them until you are happy with your planning. When you have finished, you can then scan or photograph your work and email it to us at enquiriesATstarbirddigital.com, we will happily look at it for you.

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