Building a successful professional website requires more than just hard work: it requires a vision. Before you invest in starting a website, take time for serious reflection and answer these 5 questions:
What are my goals?
In order for your website to be successful, you need to define what success means for you and your company. For some, e-commerce is the end game. Others are content with promotion and consumer education. Still others hope to profit off of online advertising while possibly fulfilling one or more of the goals listed above. Defining your goals will make it far easier to measure success and craft your online campaign.
What are my customers (or visitors) looking for?
Understanding your audience is another prerequisite to success. Ask yourself what your customers and/or online visitors are looking for. Conduct surveys or market research if necessary. Once you have the answer, crafting your website around those needs will help you reach success.
How much am I able to budget?
This may not being the most exciting question to answer, but it will help you allot your resources in the most logical manner possible.
What do I know about the process of building and maintaining a website?
Most business owners are not web developers. Ask yourself how much you know, and make an effort to educate yourself in the areas that are still unclear.
What components of website construction can I handle myself, and what components require professional assistance?
Finally, think about how you can help your website grow–and consider which components may be better off outsourced to experts. Perhaps you are a great photographer, or perhaps you can write great copy–but the odds are good you will still need help when it comes to programming.
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