and what kind of website do you need?
As Part 1 of our guide to setting up a website, I’m going to address the most basic questions – do you need a website? And if you do, what kind of website do you need?
Now, it may seem counter-intuitive for a website designer to be asking if you really need a website. We make our living making websites, right? Well, yes, but professional integrity compels me to say that there are instances when a standard website is not the best answer when you need an online presence. What might those circumstances be?
Lets say for instance, that you’re arranging a charity fundraising ball and want some sort of online presence for people to see all the details. This fulfills nearly all of the circumstances noted above: no budget; not needed for long; last minute; and a facebook page or event would do the job fine.
So the first question you ask yourself should be – do I really need a website? Quite legitimately, your answer might be: I don’t know. Worry not – we can discuss your requirements with you and advise you if facilities already exist which do what you need. We can also help you set them up and show you how to use them.
Lets say that we’ve done this, and actually what you really do need is a website. The next question is, what sort of website do you need? The things that will influence this are:
The answers to these questions will help us to find the right format and functionality for your site.
Next: Part 2: Price, features and details.