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Getting Started

Preparing for Your 1st Web Design Meeting With Us

To get the most out of your free initial website design consultation with Little Web Shops, it’s best to do some preparation first.

Determine what your purpose and clear goals are for your web site. Why have a website? What do you hope to accomplish with it? By what standards will you measure its success.

Tell us a little about your current site What do you like about it? What do you NOT like about it? What do you hope to improve?

Tell us a little about your company Be prepared to give us an overview of your company: it’s history, products, services, distinctives, target market, etc.

Determine a general outline of content. This outline will often form the basis for the navigation menus on your websites and how different pages will link together.

Determine the list of features you want. For instance, the following list details only a small amount of the many options available:

Content Management

Handicapped Accessibility

File Repository & Downloads

Discussion Forum

Blog

Video

Audio Streaming

Calendar / Upcoming Events

Integrated Site Search

Analytics (statistics on usage, traffic patterns, etc)

Search Engine Optimization

News

RSS Article Feeds

Private Area

E-Commerce (online stores)? Do you already have a merchant account? If so, bring information relevant to that (Who is it with? What package do you have?

Social Network Integration (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Tumblr, Yelp etc)

Email announce lists

Feedback Forms

Surveys/Polls

Custom Applications (could be anything)

Draw up a budget.

Websites can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several hundred thousand dollars and more. Oftentimes the budget determines what can be built and the way in which it is built, so knowing the target price range will help us guide you to appropriate solutions and keep your expectations realistic.
Typical website ranges can be presented like so:

$500 – $1,000

$1,000 – $2,000

$2,000 – $5,000

$5,000 – $10,000

$10,000 – $20,000

$20K – $50K

$50K – $100K

$100K and up

Put together a list of websites you like. Annotate this list with short explanations of why you like those sites. This exercise helps us to get an understanding of what your preferences are; what styles you like.

Put together a list of your competitors’ websites
One of our goals will be to make sure your site is considerably better than your competitions’. This will give us an idea of what it will take to accomplish that goal.

Determine when you need the site completed. Rush jobs tend to increase the price.

Determine who will be updating the content and how often the content will be updated. Will the site be updated by your staff? Are your staff persons technically oriented? Do you want the web developer to handle content updates?

Generate a list of possible domain names, if you don’t already have one.

Write down a list of any questions or uncertainties you have.

We can help with these areas and any others that arise. However, it always helps when the client comes to the initial consultation already prepared.