- Recently at Creative Entrepreneurs HQ, we’ve been busy updating and redesigning parts of our website.
Whilst we’re almost ready to push the updated site live (exciting!), the past months of planning and working closely with web developers has uncovered some valuable learnings that we’d love to share with you:
1. Planning a website takes more time and resource that you realise. Assume the project to take longer than expected (and promised by developers) and account for this when setting your deadlines and planning ahead.
2. Your website will only be as good as your initial brief. Before briefing a developer, take the time to research your exact needs, find examples of websites that you like, and ensure you have a list all the key functionalities the site will need. Doing a detailed, precise brief will save you time and money and give your developer the best possible start.
3. Have an SEO strategy before you start writing your content.
4. Schedule a weekly call with your developer to keep the project focussed and to iron out any problems as they arise.
5. Testing is king. Be very thorough when testing drafts of your new site, and take note of bugs and things to be fixed as you go. If possible, ask a friend with fresh eyes to test the site for you too. Never sign off a website without having tested every page, link and function more than once and across all devices (desktop, laptop, mobile, tablet).
If you’re building or updating your business website soon, join us on Saturday 29th September for our 1-day course on Building a Website for your Creative Startup at the Design Museum.