5 Pieces of Information to Gather When Building A Website from Scratch

Posted by Eric Tomlinson


Jul 14, 2021 10:43:10 AM

Creating a website can be a stressful and daunting undertaking. What do I put on it? How do I get started? What do I need to know? How do I do it? Well, let's see if we can answer some of those questions for you and get you started on creating a website that has all the content and information your website and your potential clients need from your business. We have five suggested groups of information that will help you develop your site. Read on to learn more. 

Part #1: Decide on a Domain Name and Check for Availability

Choosing your domain name can be both exciting and frustrating. It is an exciting first step in your website process but can be frustrating when checking for availability for your business. The internet has been around for 25+ years now, and domains are bought and sold every day. The best thing to do is to make a list of the top three to five names you want and check to see if they are available on GoDaddy, Hostgator or another website domain hosting site. Once you find one you like and is available, go ahead and purchase from your provider of choice.

Part #2: Define the Purpose and Goals of Your Website

Once you have established your domain name, subsequent information to gather would be the purpose and goals of your website. Without knowing what you want to achieve, it will be hard to prepare and maintain focus when creating content.

Part #3: Website Hosting

Website hosting is where your actual website is housed. Think of your domain name as your address. Your website hosting would be your home where people can find and interact with you. Just like your domain name, you can find different hosting providers all over the internet. However, if the website where you bought your domain name also provides hosting, it can be easier to keep it all in one place.

Part #4: Site Pages and Features 

So you are ready to begin the website process. Now you need to think about what pages and features you would like on the site. Do you need an About Us page, a Gallery page, Services, Contact, Blog, Shop, etc.? The greater your vision of what you want people to experience on your site, the better it will implement that vision.

Part #5: Plan and Develop Content

Lastly, start getting your content together. While getting a website online quickly can have its advantages, it is also essential to ensure the content is there for people when you get them to your site. Assure it conveys what your business is truly about and the tone you want to set for your business.

Preparation is critical when building an informative website. We hope these bits of information will help you be ready to make your website when it is time to commence. If you need assistance with web design or creative help, don't hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to assist you!

Let's Do It.

Eric Tomlinson

Written by Eric Tomlinson

Eric Tomlinson is a 1994 graphic design graduate from West Virginia University. He worked for 23 years for The Dominion Post as a graphic artist, web developer, photographer and illustrator. Eric enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter doing various activities that include playing sports, being outdoors, arts, crafts, watching movies and much more.

Topics: Web Design