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Basic Steps for Creating a Website

Many people have already heard of the term �Web design� before; many of you might have even done some site creation of your own. But for those who have never had any contact with it, it can simply be defined as the arrangement and creation of web pages that in turn make up a web site.

Sure it sounds like an easy enough process, but in fact not many people know how to truly design a web page properly.

Whether it is for a big corporation or for an individual, knowing where to start is always important. To begin, when designing a website, a lot of people struggle because they don�t really know what they want. They only have a brief idea of what they want as pictures, articles, basic layout, etc.

One might have seen various types of designs and features on other websites and wants that for his own site but isn�t too sure. Some don�t even know what they want altogether and are attempting to create a website.

The first step in designing a good web page is having a clue of what you want to do. Sit down quietly with a pen and paper and chalk down any idea you have about how you want your website to be or look. After one has agreed and is happy with what he has, then its time to begin.

To continue, when working with a professional web designer, the relationship that client and designer share must be one with mutual respect and understanding. In many cases, the client knows exactly what they want, but since they felt the need to hire an expert, its your job as a designer to keep the client in check and give you opinion when you deem necessary.

If as a designer you find out that your client knows more about web designing then you do, then there is a serious problem worth revising. Or if the client thinks he knows everything there is to know about web designing but in reality has no idea of what he is talking about, it is up to the hired professional to try and convince or suggest other ways they can create their page.

To put it simply, the client must know what he wants and not agree with everything the designer suggests. The designer must be competent enough to do what is required of him and not be afraid to intervene when he thinks his client�s ideas are too farfetched. If one has this issue covered, then he is well on his way in making a good website.

Every design has its own characteristics and problems. You will need to figure what these are and solve them accordingly by yourself or with your designer. Sometimes after creating something on your page, you find out that you don�t really like it. That�s not a problem. Just take out what you don�t like and try different things. Trying alternative ways for designing websites is actually a good thing. You might not know you like something until you actually see it.

As the old saying goes, �Rome wasn�t built in a day�, so neither should your web page. Rushing the creation of your site will lead to problems later on. It�s always good to take your time so that you are content with the end product. All in all, if one follows the basic guidelines above, the website created will be nothing short of a masterpiece.

Submitted by:

Brian Lee

Brian Lee works in the SEO department for NRJ design, a Montreal Web design company.




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