... ask yourself whether you even need a site? What might happen if you don't have a site? Lost revenue? Lost readers? Do you already have a site? Not happy with it? Want some feedback on it? Click "Contact."
Some questions to ask yourself before you start to plan: Who is your audience? Prospects? Friends? Colleagues? What will you present to them? A shopping cart? A journal of your travels?
Should your site be happy, or serious? Lots of images? or few? Time to draw something - maybe a "user interface?" What's with all those "templates" all over the Web? What does 'responsive Website' mean?
Should your site be relatively static, say, just for information, marketing, etc. ? Or, should your site be interactive, like an ecommerce site? Or, should it be data-driven? (must store permanent data your audience may need on their next visit - like their purchase history with your company)
whatshotWizards (not the movie ones) ...
Many web hosting companies now provide a website "building" wizard application, right on their site, available if you register a domain name with them. These wizards are ok, if, you have the time to put out something rudimentary, after learning how to use the tool, and, you have the time to maintain the site, and, you are ok with your site looking like many others, despite the plethora of themes (pre-designed web pages) offered. Oh, and, your future web designer/developer will not balk at your request to use your builder/wizard when you ask her to please "modernize" your site. ;)
mode_editContent Management Systems ...
Content Management Systems (CMS) are applications designed to make publishing content on a website easy and collaboratve. Adding code to them is not a requirement, but, it can be powerful. CMSes are usually used for collaborative sites. Relatively easy to install on a host site, or your own web server machine, CMSes requre a lit-tle study and planning to leverage their full capability; sometimes it being best just to call CMS-busters, if you know what we mean ;) For a more detailed explanation of CMSes see this Wikipedia definition. There are a number of CMSes; below are three of the more widely used ...
"WordPress is Web software you can use to create a beautiful website, a blog, or an app. Great way for you to start leveraging the power of the Internet, right away." - from their site
"Joomla is used by thousands of professionals and organizations to publish their content, without writing any code," (if you dont want to). Let us show you how easy, and powerful Joomla is.
"Drupal is used to make many of the websites and applications you use every day. Drupal has great standard features, like easy content authoring, reliable performance, and excellent security. What's different is its flexibility; modularity is one of its core principles. Its tools help to build the versatile, structured content that dynamic web experiences need."
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There are so many great things you can make your site do these days! This card looks 3D!
We base our site designs on the Material Design philosophy by utilizing the components of Material Design Lite
I am a very simple card. I am good for small bits of information. I am convenient and require little 'markup.'
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Cards are a convenient means of displaying content composed of different types of objects. They’re also well-suited for presenting similar objects whose size or supported actions can vary a lot, like photos with captions of variable length.
When your site visitor clicks on an image that can be enlarged Material Box centers and enlarges the image in a smooth, non-jarring manner. To dismiss the image she can either click on it again, scroll away, or press the ESC key.
Parallax is an effect where the background content, or image, moves at a different speed than the foreground content, while scrolling. The home page of this website is an example of parallax.
A Table of Contents example can be seen at the right side of this page. (It's not needed on small devices.)
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It's crazy what can be done with websites these days. I'll tell you more but you'll have to contact me first :)
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Created and designed by Google, Material Design is a design language that combines the classic principles of successful design along with innovation and technology. Their goal is to develop a system of design that provides a unified user experience across all their products, on any platform.