Obviously all our clients are GOOD and we love each and every one of them. But in the sense of what makes a good client, I am referring to what can make the process of developing the perfect website go smoother, and how our clients can help.
For example, before you even approach a web development team, like Documentopia, you can do some simple things that will help you to really put into words what you want. Being able to define and give examples of what you like saves time and potential frustration as the design and development process begins. I suggest to all my clients that they research the following before they get too far down the road on their web design project.
If you can come to your web development team with a list of websites you like, being able to explain what you like about them (their navigation, their color scheme, their overall structure, the use of imagery, etc), this will aid in streamlining the development and creative process immensely for you and your designer.
- Look at your competition.
- Do they have a website?
- Do you like their website? What do you like about it?
- Is it easy to find key information?
- What don’t you like about it?
- Look at similar websites in your field. Look at the leading companies in your field (they may not be competition, they may even be in another country).
- Note what you like and don’t like about their websites.
- Look at some of the most popular websites on the web.
- You never know where you might get an idea that no one else in your field has considered on their website.
What else can you do?
1. Do you have existing artwork you want to use? (e.g., a logo). Do you have photos of your team, products, services or other relevant images? Pull all your artwork together and bring it along to your first meeting, or set up a Dropbox shared folder with your web design team. Dropbox is a wonderful file sharing tool.
2. Do you have a color scheme or other artistic elements you’d like to incorporate into the design? Bring samples of colors you like, or find their RGB or CMYk color references to give to your designer.
3. Think about what the visitors to your website want to find out. Do they need to know lots of in-depth information before they make a decision, or are they just looking for a phone number and/or address? What information do you really want to make clear, so everyone who visits the site leaves with this one key piece of information? Do you want to steer people to perform an action (e.g., contact you, or sign up online, or recommend you, or like you on Facebook, for example).
4. Content – it’s probably the most time-consuming task, especially when you are a self-employed entrepreneur. But it’s also one of the most important jobs. A beautiful website that has no information of use to offer, will soon be an unvisited website. Writing key-word rich copy that not only invites your visitor to read and learn, but also helps search engines find, rank and categorize your site is key. Don’t rush into this without first speaking to your web design team, who should be able to give you pointers. Many web developers will write a first draft for you, enabling you to have a starting point to edit and refine. Many of our clients have admitted its easier to edit something written by us, than to start at a blank screen not knowing where to start.
In return for you hardwork, a GOOD web design and development team will help you pull all this information into a cohesive website, one that shows your capabilities and helps your web visitor fluidly and seamlessly get the information they need to make a decision.
Contact Documentopia now to talk about your website development project, whether you want to upgrade your existing website or start from scratch. We offer basic logo and web design services, to dynamic database-driven websites with content management systems. Our in-house programmer will develop solutions to suit your needs instead of pushing you into an existing “one size fits all” answer that isn’t tailored to your specific requirements. Our designer is fast to mesh her design skills to suit the client’s vision, and will take your ideas and develop a website design that will surpass your expectations. www.documentopia.com.