What Should be in Your Website Design Brief?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Website Design |

If you are reading this article, you have probably been tasked with briefing a web design company for your brand-new website or the redesign of your existing website. Here are a few ideas of what you need to include in the brief: Introduction Web designers will need to know a bit about your company. Include a few paragraphs about the business and your industry, the products you sell, the services you offer, how many people are employed and who your target audience is. The Old Website Chances are good that you already have a website. In the brief, include what you like about the website and what you don’t like (such as dated designs or old colour schemes). Let the web designers know when it was designed, by whom and how much traffic you receive each month. The New Website List the goals of your website. Are you trying to sell products online? Or, are you trying to increase brand awareness, for example? Include the demographics of your ideal buyers, the unique selling points of your products and services and a few of your competitors’ websites. List all of the features that you would like on the website, including but not limited to a search box, social media sharing buttons, e-commerce functionalities, galleries, forms, newsletters, a private members section and integration into existing CRM systems. The Design To guide the designers on the type of design you want, give them any graphics that you want on the site as well as font, style, colours and icons that you want to include. Feel free to include websites that you like with a description of what you like about them. Also consider whether the design should be professional or personal, traditional or contemporary or serious versus lighthearted, for example. This is just a starting point to get your website project going. If you need web design services, contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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Collaboration Tips for Designers and Developers in Website Projects

Posted by on Jul 26, 2019 in Website Design |

 Developers and designers can work together effectively to literally change the world.  Most projects tend to start with design and finish with development. The process can be faced with a massive disconnect whereby designers hand over their designs and anxiously wait to see if developers are going to interpret them the right way. However, this shouldn’t be the case; developers and designers need to board the same team showcasing their different skill sets, roles and strengths. So, how can you make the designer-developer relationship work effectively?    Work as a Team from the Outset In traditional web design processes, designers handle the initial phases of researching, analysing and developing prototypes without engaging developers. This leaves developers in the dark; something that leads to the designs being pinged over to the developers’ desks with instructions. It is a process that has many problems. Initially, designers will have a dream of a magnificent design, which eventually turns out to be time-consuming, difficult and downright impossible to execute. The developers, on the other hand, feel that they are disconnected from the project. When developers are involved in the design from the outset, they have an understanding of the problems the product aims to solve and the needs of the users. This way, they are able to validate designs and unearth technical issues that may bring problems down the line.    Have Standards The designers and developers need to have the right knowledge and tools for the job to ensure things are done fast. However, sometimes, a lot of time is wasted on arguing and discussing logistics.  Think of it this way, developers and designers can have lengthy discussions about a WordPress plugin they need to use that can pull together the website design considerations that have technical constraints. This takes a lot of their time, however, when you agree on something, it makes sense to use that plugin as the standard on other forthcoming projects unless it’s not suited for that project. The same should happen for grids, sizes, conventions and margins among other elements of website design. When you standardise the systems and processes, the individuals in the team know what is expected of them. The small stuff won’t bog them down, and they will have more time to concentrate on building a product that will work for everybody.   Create Prototypes It’s often said showing is better than telling. However, experience trumps all. It is important that the web development team, including the designers, start prototyping in advance. This helps the clients or website owners to understand the ideas of the developers and designers, and user testing can start. Prototyping eliminates misinterpretation and it allows developers to know how they...

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Steps to Build an Outstanding Small Business Website

Posted by on Jul 22, 2019 in Website Design |

 If you are looking forward to building a new website for your start-up, you need to ensure that from start to finish, the process is handled the right way.  Whether you own a hardware store or whether you are a photographer or whether you run another kind of small business, having a great website is very crucial to your success. It may also be that you want to make your current website more effective. In order to achieve this, you will need to have the right team to do the web development process. Here are a few valuable tips to help you create a great small business website: Choose a Good Domain Name Also referred to as the website address, a domain name provides the entry point to your website. The domain name is crucial because it makes a good impression for website usability purposes in addition to search engine optimisation. You need to ensure that the name is easy to spell. So, try to avoid the use of slang or highly esoteric words and keep it short. Have an appropriate domain extension like .com; unless it is suitable to use other extensions like .edu, .gov, or .org.  You also need to avoid using hyphens and numbers.  Once you have picked the right domain name, you need to purchase a secure, scalable hosting that offers good tech support.   Create a Clear Description of your Brand You need to let audiences know who you are as well as what you do so that they are not confused when visiting your business website. Create a “hero image” or homepage banner along with other subsequent banners. These will offer a visual representation of the services or products you offer. Ensure you have a nice introductory text blurb placed near the top area of the page describing who you are and the things or products and services you offer. Ensure you have a footer and main navigation menus with “About Us” page links that are easily accessible to audiences. This allows visitors to read more about your brand or business.   Have the Best CMS A content management system (CMS) is an application or software programme used to create as well as manage your digital content. Having a good CMS helps you to maintain your site properly without the need of having the technical knowledge. Get a CMS that best suits your unique website needs. This is crucial because different CMSs are used for different purposes like extensibility, user-friendliness and budget. You can use a CMS like WordPress, which is the most popular and has many useful plugins. If you are worried about your website security, you can consider a different CMS...

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Discover These New Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website

Posted by on Jun 24, 2019 in Digital Media Marketing |

Whether you recently launched a new website or whether you have had a website for years, it is always a good idea to relook the ways that you drive traffic to the site. Here are a few ideas from the digital marketing experts at WSI OMS: AdvertiseThis may seem like a no-brainer, but many business owners want to avoid paying for advertising – even if it can make a direct difference to their bottom line. Paid search advertising, banner advertising and paid social media marketing are all great ways to get your brand in front of potential clients. Be sure to use keywords that have commercial intent so that your website visitors can easily convert to paying clients. Get Social Creating content is great, but it’s of little use if it isn’t being shared and read. Be sure to share your content on social media to drive more traffic to your website. Twitter can be used for short, snappy tweets whereas your product photos, promotions or other appealing visuals can go onto Instagram. Update your social media profiles regularly to continue to drive traffic to your website. Experiment What works for one business owner may not work for you. Mix it up by experimenting with different types of content, different lengths of content and different times of posting. Check out what your competitors are doing and learn from their successes and mistakes. Target Long-Tail Keywords When was the last time you used Google’s keyword planner to find new, niche keywords? Find relevant long-tail keyword phrases and create content specifically geared towards these phrases to see your website visitors number grow. Need help with your digital marketing, SEO, or content marketing? Then contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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How Twitter Can Aid Your Link Building Strategy

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Link-building |

The goal is to boost your website’s SEO and organic rankings with the help of high quality backlinks. The question is, how do you actually go about landing those high quality backlinks? The secret is to find a way in which to build beneficial relationships with journalists, editors and content contributors who have the power to publish your content and, of course, link back to your website on various respected platforms. Here’s how Twitter can help with this:   Optimise Your Profile  Journalists and editors will take you much more seriously if your Twitter profile is complete, informative and, most importantly, grammatically correct! Give both professional and personal info on your profile and be sure to list your contact details as well. Also, ensure that you are regularly active on the platform and use your timeline as an opportunity to really showcase your personality.   Follow the Right People  Twitter lists make it easy to keep up to date with your prospects and their Twitter activity. Keep journalists who have published or shown interest in your content in a separate list to those with whom you would still like to build a relationship.   Engage  The key here is not to come across as though you want something from those that you engage with. Try your best to be authentic in all of your interactions. ‘Like’ the tweets that you truly connect with, retweet the tweets that you agree with and reply to tweets that really spark something inside of you. If your reply is genuine and contributes something of value, there’s a good chance that it could be the start of a conversation and, hopefully, a solid, mutually-beneficial relationship between you and the original poster. Remember – it is also all about timing. Don’t send a pitch through to a journalist after you just had your first two-minute conversation with them. Take your time to really build and work on that relationship so that trust is forged before asking for any favours.   When it comes to SEO and link building, WSI OMS can help make your life easier. Just as search engine optimisation, web design and social media marketing experts, we have the tools and expertise necessary to make sure that your brand really stands out. For more information about our services, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. Please follow and like...

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