John

More and more people are entering the IT industry, trying to get their piece of the pie. One of the most popular jobs is definitely web designing.

You browse through the Internet on a daily basis and you’re probably visiting dozens of websites every day. You maybe never thought about it before, but someone had to make every single website you visit, draw every line, arrange all the elements, and pick all the colours.

Although some websites look fairly simple, every web designer knows that there are dozens, if not hundreds, of hours behind it. Having a plan and sticking to it throughout the process of designing a website is the key to success. While you might get the final product without a plan, you would at least save some time by having something to guide you all the way through.

The site reviewing the Pinnacle VIP code, for example, has a great navigation bar on the right side and all the content related to the code on the left. The white layout and the blue background create a lovely contrast that makes reading and browsing the website enjoyable.

The Idea

It all starts with an idea — it is the very first step of designing a website unless you’re working for someone else. If that’s the case, feel free to skip to the next subheading. However, if you’re working on your own and you want to create something big, it is important to write down all of your ideas, analyse them thoroughly, and ask yourself how good they are.

What’s the purpose of the website? How much value would there be for the visitors? What industry are you looking to enter? What type of content should your website contain? Is it going to be static or dynamic? One-page or not?

Those are only a few fundamental questions you need to answer before starting the implementation process.

Design and Structure

Now that you have established your idea, it’s time to think about the structure. Creating a hierarchical structure is one of the options. Start by thinking about your homepage. If your homepage is the landing page as well, that is the first thing your visitors will see. You have only a couple of seconds to present yourself, show what you’re doing and what you’re offering to your visitors. You should draw the sketch of your homepage before continuing.

Think carefully about all the pages you want to have on your website. These are the pages you are going to link to your homepage. The links can lead to the ‘About me’, ‘Contact’, ‘Blog’, or anything else you want the visitors to see if they decide to stay on your website. Keep going until you get to the very last page of your website.

Choose Languages and Tools Wisely

There are so many tools and languages you can use to create your website. If all you need is a static website to promote your business or products, think about free website builders. In case you want to get more serious and do the job by yourself, decide which front-end and back-end technologies you want to use.

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript are fundamental for the front end. Opt for various JavaScript frameworks and libraries such as Angular, React, or Vue. On the back end, you have a lot more options to choose from — PHP, Java, Python, C#, etc.

Host, Deploy and Promote

Browse through hosting companies online and pick the one that suits both your budget and your needs. Once you’re 100% sure that both the design and functionality are satisfying, your website can go live.

All that’s left to do now is update the code when necessary and promote your website.