Make Designing Your Website Simple
You’ve made the decision to build a new website for your community. You’ve even found a web design company that you want to work with. So, what’s next, do you just step aside and let the web designer handle it from here? Not exactly.
You can have a hand in the web design process by providing the designer with all the information and materials necessary to create a site that accomplishes your goals. Your web designer will need information, content, photos, and feedback from you throughout the process. Below are things that the web designers at GovUnity ask for from our clients. This helps us better understand the needs of each of our clients, so we can craft a site that benefit them and their audience.
Identify Goals & Provide Examples:
What do you want to accomplish with your new website? It is important to identify your goals for the website and your target audience. Knowing what you want the site to accomplish helps the web designer better understand what features and functions to include.
It’s also helpful to provide some examples of websites that you like and websites that you don’t like. Choose sites that look nice or that incorporate branding well and sites that have features you would like to see on your own website. At GovUnity one of the first things we ask for is examples, so we know what you like and what you don’t. Then we use that as a guide to understand what features to include or how to incorporate your branding into the new website.
Your web designer needs information about your organization. The ability to use real information in the early stages helps give the designer and the client a feel for the website. Some information that is necessary includes:
- Your official name, phone number, email address and hours of operation.
- A 4-5 sentence elevator pitch about who you are, and lists of information about services you offer, officials and staff, etc.
- A high-resolution copy of your official logo. Ideally it should be a 500 px wide .PNG file.
- Both written and visual content. This can include page content, blog posts, photos, videos, forms, etc.
Once you have gathered all this basic information and sent it to your web designer, they will be able to begin building the website. At GovUnity we develop a a demo site live on our own website and provide clients the login information so they can access the site in development. This makes it easy for clients to provide feedback throughout the process. We encourage feedback because we want our clients to get the website they want.
The decision to build a new website is big. It can be hard to hand over a project like that to someone else. But the right web designer will work with you throughout the process to ensure you get the website you need. Providing examples, information, and feedback will help make the process smooth and seamless.
In response to COVID 19 GovUnity is offering website design and hosting services to communities without a web presence as part of a $70/month 3-year contract. This offer is valid now through December 31st. Contact GovUnity today and work with are team of experts to build a website that meets all of your needs.