How To Make A Website in 2021: The Ultimate List of Website Design Must-Haves

Do you want to create a website yet don’t know which way to start? As a web designer, this was also my struggle too when I’m still beginning my web design career path. This ultimate list of web design must haves will be useful to ages of all range. However, if you need help in creating a website, you may connect with us or book a meeting and grab some coffee to discuss this matter.

If you want to explore and experience web design, grab this list and take note of these frequently asked questions before starting a website. 

Question No. 1: What do I need to build a website?

These are the primary items you need to have to start building your WordPress website:

  • A domain name – this is the name of your website such as google.com
  • WordPress hosting – this is where your website files are stored.
  • 45 minutes to 1 hour of your undivided attention.

Question No. 2: How much does a WordPress website cost?

This usually depends on what kind of website you’re planning to build. A typical business website usually range from $70 per year to $50,000 per year. 

We suggest that you start with small and then gradually add features and functions to your website as your business grows. In this way, you will be able to optimize your financial flow and minimize any potential losses while avoiding overspending. 

Question No. 3: Which is the best website platform?

There are a lot of website builders available in the market today, but, base on user experience and flexibility in creating a website, WordPress is the most picked and suitable especially for those who want to start a business profile and blogging website. You might be thinking that we’re limiting your choices, here’s our list of top website platform to date: 

So now, are you ready? Here is the ultimate list of web design-must haves for creative beginners.

The Ultimate List of Website Design Must-Haves

  • Domain Name


    Choose a domain name that represents your business branding and a name that definitely people would remember well. Choose wisely (and appropriately) whether you will use .com, .net, or something else as this will be a lifelong use for your business identity.

    Educational institutions use .edu for their website. For Government institutional sites, .gov plus the country they are affiliated works appropriately. For those who want to identify their websites solely for blogging, .blog extension is used. The most commonly used extension for business purposes are: .com, .net, .agency (more specific) and .co

  • Web Hosting


    Choosing your web host is like choosing where to rent or put up your office space. You can DIY at your basement or empty room, or rent out an office space in a busy district or quiet commercial area.

    And just like your office, a rent is needed to be paid for your website!

    Similar to the office directory listing, your website has a physical address that plots the definite location of the website within a hosted server. These physical addresses possess their own 411 or yellow pages directory, which is termed as Domain Name System (DNS).

    The DNS directory functions like like a GPS (Global Positioning System) but instead of a vehicle or moving entity, it is for your website, and indicaates the route between your site’s URL (www address) and the hosted servers location displayed by their Internet Protocol (IP) address. The IP address is a unique number that identifies the physical location of a computer synonymous to a postal code tracks a physical office location.

    The computers that host your website are called “web servers.” They are bound to work much more efficiently than a home computer (which is why hosting from home often results in lower connection quality).

  • Technology Languages


    This list item is an optional especially now that there are CMS platforms that offers no code to low code web design creations.

    Essentially, HTML and CSS are some of the most used tools in web design. This very article that you are reading required minimal HTML code for breaks. There are lots of free online courses offering masterclasses to learn these languages, and learning these at least will help you improve the overall look and performance of your website.

    If you want to sharpen your coding skills for web design, here are some coding languages that you may need to study: Java, JavaScript, Python, SQL, PHP, .NET, Angular, TypeScript.

  • Purpose


    Why do you want to have a website?

    Take a big pause and think about the purpose of your website. Whether it's a website to feature your recipes in bread making, an online image of your business coaching business, a place where your customers could learn more about your environmental services or mainly for e-commerce, it’s important to decide based on the overall purpose.

    If it’s mostly for business coaching courses, you should build out the rest of your website with that in mind.

    How can you encourage your audience to visit your website frequentlyto enroll to the courses you offer?

    What design elements would help your audience use your website with ease?

    How do you keep your subscribers and visitors coming back to your website to watch your online courses and read your contents?

    What questions are you answering on their behalf?
    How are you helping them get what they want and need more easily?

    Just keep your website’s purpose as the main framework for the overall project as you go along optimizing your website content.

  • Intuitive Navigation, Layout, & Color


    Color influences the visitors on what they feel with your site. It’s not a good idea to use super dark backgrounds with eye-sore neon text. The reader might have a hard time reading your beautifully-written content, causing discomfort and distastefulness in their end. Check the harmony of your colors, ensure that i is easy to read and don't overwhelm the eyes.

    With regards to the website layout, a neat layout is always on the top. Make sure your layout is easy to explore and understand. Once the customer comes to your website, they should not have a hard time and taking forever if they want to dig further at your website. Your site navigation should be natural, intuitive, and easy to understand. You don't want to take too much time just to find out the services offered or the recipe you would like to cook in the morning, don't you? With this, you may also add a search bar to improve user experience.

    This might have been taken for granted by some web designers, but footers are essential to a website! A well designed footer will left a good impression to your visitor. It serves as a reminder to them of what they could have possibly miss or an simple feature of your website that you would like them to re-visit. Common details included in the footer are the navigation menu, signup section, contact details, address.

    Whatever your website's purpose and functionality is, bear in mind that your website remain simple yet professional at all times.

  • Audience


    You need to indentify your audience before you can start marketing your website efficiently.

    Does the term "Buyer Persona" sounds familiar? It’s an industry term which means a representation of who your ideal customer is based on data and research.

    Think about who usually avails your products/services. Who are they? What are their demographics? What do they enjoy doing? What do they hate?

    Include behavior patterns, goals, inner motivations, and any other details you can think of. The more details, the better.

    From the results of your research, you can now define your buyer persona. This will serve as your bible on what your audience wants and needs, and be able to create website contents that would satisfy them.

  • Relevant Content


    Your website absolutely has to provide pleasing yet informative content to your visitors. But, how could it be possible?

    Make sure your content is:

    -relevant
    -tailored to buyer persona wants and needs
    -informative
    -easy to read and understand
    -keyword-optimized
    Pro-tip: Use certain keywords related to your business to increase yourwebsite's ranking in search engines. For example, if you were a cake baking company, you might want to target keywords like:

    -baking
    -wedding cakes
    -birthday cakes bakers near me
    Use a WordPress plug-in like Yoast to optimize your articles and pages with right keywords and rank your website at the top of the search engine. You may use Semrush to check the current page rank and status of your website with search engines. This will bring more readers to your website easily!

    In addition, be mindful of the type of contents like language, picture, video, etc. that could possibly affect how fast or slow your page will load.

  • Don’t Use Too Much Advertisement


    Using too many advertisements might drive away your visitor. This could also defeat the main purpose of your website. Are you creating website to promote other businesses through paid ads or to promote your business? Paid advertisement is like a form of partnership with other business, but don't let this lose the very voice of your website.

  • Pop-Up Messages


    Pop-up messages are like a double-edged sword, it could make or break the usage and functionality of your website depending on the contents that you would put on your pop-ups. Also, minimize the number of pop-ups that you would use in your website, closing lots of pop ups is quite irritating and might drive away your visitor not to proceed in exploring your website.

    Some contents you may include in you pop-up are current events, upcoming event by your business, signup page, flash sale, etc.

  • Buttons

    Buttons are better use if you have a suitable call to action, proper color and correnct link. You don't want to suddenly go to the services offered if your call to action was to login to your website?

  • Great Images

    A picture talks a thousand words they say, what more if it's a great image!

  • Keep it Fresh and Unique

  • Optimized

  • Cross-Browser Compatibility and Optimization

  • Social Media

  • Typography

  • Keep it Consistent

  • Registration

  • Google Analytics

  • Provide Security

Once you’ve completed all the items in this ultimate list, you’re now ready to create your own website. But if you need help in doing your business coaching or environmental services website, connect with us at Anatomina Creative.

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