- Whether you outsource your web design, development, deployment, usability or support.... we're here to ask.President, 2003 - present
The first question: What do I do first? (in setting up their new website) The answer might well be this simple: Planning Session All good websites come from a good plan. Sounds redundant, but it's true. If you want to create a good and solid website, you need a good and solid plan. I know it's hard to do, and I know you want to keep poking and playing with this exciting program, but it is time to take a break away from your computer and turn to the old paper and pen. That's right, we're going back in time to when people actually wrote things down. On a piece of notebook paper, or whatever is lying around, describe your site. Take five to twenty minutes to come up with a purpose for your site, or better yet, call it your Mission Statement. Answer the following questions:
- What am I going to do with this?
- Who is going to read this?
- What kinds of information will I be posting?
- Why am I doing this?
- Who am I doing this for?
- How often am I going to be posting and adding information?
Now, compile this information into a paragraph so it looks like this:
This website will be dedicated to X, Y, and Z,
and cover the topics of A, B, and C.
The audience will be __________ ________________ _______.
I will be adding posts every _____________
about ________ _______ ______________.
I am doing this because _____________ _____________ __________________.
Just ask, and I'll be happy to take a look.
(Originally posted http://www.guyrcookonlineservices.com/blog/planning-session-you-did-that-right/ - April 3rd, 2011)
- Walla Walla Community College1969
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