Every day we have costumers who call us and ask how many pages their website may have and how to structure it. This article is a guide of what you need to request from your web development team to make your website look professional and keep the costs low.
The most important thing to do first is the creation of a plan, outlining what each page may inform about, this will help you know how big you site may be and allow you to keep a track of the information you want your visitors to have, that way you won’t forget vital information or repeat yourself..
Home Page (Index Page)
This is your “sales” page and should provide information about what you can do for your customers. It should also give your visitors a brief overview of what they can find on your site.
Products / Services
It is useful to have a separate page for each product/service and write as much detail about each as possible. Start each page with a brief summary of the product/service, then provide whatever information you can. When people are searching for information on the internet, they want to know it NOW. They don’t want to wait until tomorrow when they can speak to you on the phone.
Place contact details in as many places as possible. Make it easy for your customers to contact you. Create a special “Contact Us” page and include your details in the “About Us” page and also at the bottom of each page. Information to include: business name, physical address, mailing address, telephone, fax, email, emergency number, website address.
This is a very important page as it tells your customer about who you are and why they should buy your products, services and/or trust your organization. It can also feature your business hours (if you have a bricks and mortar store) or when they can speak to someone on the phone. Many companies also include their mission, details of their staff (photos, biographies, qualifications), recently completed projects, ACN or ABN, logo, directions to your store/office. It is also useful to include details of trade associations you belong to, trade and insurance certificates and any awards you may have won.
Whenever possible include the price of your products/services. Even if you can’t be specific. It is helpful to put at least a range of prices, eg. Carpet cleaning ranges between $40 – $60 per room.
Search My Website Feature
Some visitors to your site may not know exactly what they want, but if you include a search function on your site, they can look for it very easily. Like search engines, this feature will allow your visitors to type in a word or phrase and then search for it on your site. It’s like having your own mini search engine, only instead of it searching the world wide web, it just searches your website.
A blog is a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is “blogging” and someone who keeps a blog is a “blogger.” Blogs are typically updated daily or weekly using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog.
This can relate to your business or industry. If you are an artist, you can feature dates where and when your art will be displayed or if you are a singer, where you will be performing.
Testimonials / Product Reviews / Before & After
Include testimonials from your current customers to show your potential clients that you are trustworthy, reliable and that you offer great service and/or products. Make sure the testimonials are real and if possible provide contact details of the person who supplied you with the testimonial. If you don’t have any right now, get them! Simply email your customers and ask for their feedback on your business and service.
You could also include before and after photos. Show the problem picture and beside it show the picture of resolution, with an explanation of your product’s benefits.
- Email subscribers on a regular basis, or
- Publish it on your website.
Or both. Include information about your business, industry or anything that may be of interest to your customers
Frequently Asked Questions
This has proven to be a great time saver for many companies. Instead of having to answer the same questions over and over again, place them on your website and keep adding to them. The more information you have on your website, the less time you will need to spend answering questions by email or phone.
Frequently Asked Questions should address your customer’s concerns that may otherwise be an obstacle to making a sale.
Offer a money back guarantee. The longer the guarantee, the more effective it will be. It could be 30 days, 60 days, 1 year or lifetime.
A site map shows visitors how the site is laid out and which sections are where.
Other things are also recommended, for example…
In case you want to sale your products or services online you’ll need:
- Shopping cart
- Return policy
- Online store
In case your idea is the creation of a social network you wil need:
- Users management
- Fotos, music and videos upload functionalities.
- Video and photos online managers
And we can continue with this list forever, all depends of what is in your mind and how far you want your project to go.