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What Our Website Design Team Needs to Know Before Creating Your Site

Upon our initial meeting regarding a new website, you might be curious about the information required to kickstart your project. Let's discuss the necessary details we need from you to commence the design of your website.

Specific Goals

Crafting your website to fulfill its intended purpose requires designers to possess a thorough understanding of its complete and precise functionality. This idea may seem daunting to some, given the complexity of the web where optimal solutions may not always be evident.

Approaching the design through your eyes

In order to ensure a website's utility and functionality, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of its intended purpose.

Whether your website showcases new products and content for sale, serves as a simple informational hub with a quick contact option, or necessitates a scalable structure that can evolve alongside your business's growing and changing needs, we are adept at designing and constructing websites tailored to meet your specific goals. However, before diving into the design process, establishing a comprehensive plan is essential. We guide you through the identification of use-cases, user groups, and sitemaps, facilitating a thorough determination of your website's purpose.

Approaching the design through the eyes of your users

The optimal approach to organizing the structure and functionality of a website involves prioritizing the needs of your users above all else. If feasible, the most effective method is to directly inquire about your customers' preferences through means such as focus groups, user surveys, and feedback forms.

This approach is particularly beneficial for redesigning existing sites. Begin by seeking input from customers on tasks they find challenging on your website and any new features they desire. Subsequently, we collaborate with you to address their pain points and implement functionality that better caters to their needs.

An alternative, high-quality method to comprehend user behavior is delving into analytics data, assuming it is available. Analyzing where users enter and exit your site provides insights into where investments should be made. Identifying areas where users spend the majority of their time helps pinpoint critical sections, or reveal functions causing user frustration. For instance, prolonged engagement on the checkout page might indicate a complex process that could potentially result in financial losses.

In cases where direct user input is unavailable, we can generate user groups and personas based on generalized data about your typical customer. Personas, or user groups, represent archetypal individuals interacting with your site. Creating user personas aids in gaining a deeper understanding of your average user, anticipating their potential actions, and proactively addressing potential issues that may arise in the future.

Discovering Personal Preferences

Your personal preferences and aesthetic tastes play a crucial role in the web design process. If you find the visual aspect of your website unappealing, it's unlikely that you would want to invest in it.

As part of our discovery process, we frequently encourage clients to share websites they appreciate in terms of overall look and feel. When focusing on specific functionalities, we ask for details about particular aspects from other websites. This phase helps establish a clear aesthetic direction. The more examples you provide, the smoother our work becomes. Offering websites you admire not only expedites the delivery process but also ensures that the designs align closely with your preferences and style.

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