Choosing a Site Map for your Website

The site map details how a website will be laid out, giving details of all the pages and how they will feature in the navigation. If you are going to have a website that you want to be informative, searchable and optimised, then the site map has to be right. It has to create the ideal user experience, so that people can find the information they are looking for without any effort.

When planning your site map, think carefully about the information that you want to be on your website. This can then be broken down into pages, so you can work out how the information will be presented. You can then also think about other pages that you might want to include, like an ‘about us’ page and the all-important homepage. Within your site map, lay out the URL structure so that you know how everything is going to be classified.

Why you Shouldn’t Choose a Cheap Website

Most businesses know that a website is the cornerstone of their marketing. However, it has to be a good website – or it could do much more harm than good. This is why you should never choose a cheap website, and if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

A cheap website will look just that – cheap. It is quite obvious to see when you have used templates, or when you have built a website yourself using some kind of DIY software. This is never the route to go down if you want people to trust in your business and your products. You need to look like you are willing to invest in your own business, otherwise why should people trust you in the first place?

A website that looks great and works well will attract attention, and people will keep using it because they can find what they are looking for.

Does a Website Help your Business?

A website has the potential to help your business in ways you might not even have considered. If you don’t currently have a website, here are some of the ways it can help you:

  • Secure your brand. You will be represented online and people looking for you will be able to find you.
  • Get more customers. People can buy your products online via an eCommerce shop, or send you enquiries about your products or services.
  • Be found in search engines. A website that is searchable will show up in Google.
  • Show your personality. It doesn’t just have to be information – a good website can show your brand off and make people aware of what you are all about.

Remember, this is what a good website can do. It needs to be high quality and tailored to you in order to perform well. Speak to a quality design agency to get a website that meets your needs.

How to Choose a Logo

Your business logo is an essential part of your identity. It is something that will be with you forever, unless you decide to re-brand – and, really, the idea is not to have to re-brand. Your logo should have plenty of longevity so that people will be able to recognise your business well into the future.

If you are going to choose a logo, it’s important you have it designed professionally. You may think that it’s easy to put something together yourself in some design software but this approach is never going to be as successful. You also probably will not create graphics that are high res enough, meaning that you are left with blurry logos.

Work with a design agency on your logo and ask them to produce a few designs to run past you. Discuss them with other people and see what they think works to represent you well.

Switching your Web Design Agency

If you make the decision to move web design agencies, you are not alone. People make the move all the time if they feel like they are not getting the value for money and service they require. It may also be based on results, and people feeling like they are not getting enough out of their relationship with their agency.

Think carefully before you move at the same time. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly, as web design and web marketing services do not come cheaply. You would not want to be in a position where you are moving to another agency and you are even more dissatisfied.

Take the time to talk to your chosen agency. Do they sound knowledgeable? Are they experienced? Also check your contract with your current agency. Understand whether they own your website and content and if it is on a bespoke system.

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