Web Designing for Clients — Ask this questions first !
If you are a web designer and have just landed that plum web designing contract, to design an attractive website for a client, than you would have already started preparing yourself to deliver on the deal, but before you start web designing, ask the following questions to your client.
Asking these questions and getting proper answers for them will help you immensely as a web designer in understanding the client, his business and his sensibilities. Also it will help you a lot in selecting the suitable structure and colors for your web designing contract. It will give you a precise understanding of what needs to be done. You can either ask this questions to the client, face to face or you can send the questions to client and receive the answers by email. While at first it may seem a bit odd to ask questions regarding web designing, but it definetely helps in the long run.
What business is the client in, and what type of website will suplement the clients business.
The client already has a business, and probably it is running well right now, without a web design. Than what is the purpose of having a website.
3. Business Growth
How does the client expect the website to help them achieve growth in business. What message is the website supposed to give?
4. Target Audience
Who is the target audience of the clients website. Is it a B2B or a B2C website. What is the age group of the audience. What is geographical location of the audience.
5. Primary Goal
What is the primary goal of a website? Is it an information site, revenue generating website, ecommerce website or inquiry generating website?
What is the USP of the client that the web design will offer to potential customers.
7. Web Knowledge
What is the depth of the clients knowledge of internet and world wide web. The answer to this question will be an indicator to the understanding the client possess about the overall working and web designing.
8. Web Hosting & Domain
Does the client need web hosting and domain registration services or has it been already subscribed and registered. If the domain is already registered, than are the registrant details correct with the registry.
9. Final Approval
After the website design is complete who will provide the final approval on the web design contract? If it is someone else than people on the team, than make sure that he understands the web designning concepts well and is kept upto date of the web designing progress.
10. Data Format
The data which is to be provided by the client is it in electronic format or does the web designer need to type all the content. If it is in electronic format than does the designer need to handle file conversions
11. Design or Resdesign
Has the website got to be designed from a scratch or is it to be modified or just redesigned. If it is to be modified, than what additions is the clinet looking to make to the existing web design.
12. Client Preferences
What are the client preferences regarding the look and feel of the website. If possible, the web designer should show a few samples to clients and give them references of the previous websites designed by the web designer.
13. Color Preferences
Does the client like any particular color? The color to be used on the website is to be matched with the colors of the existing stationery or marketing material.
14. Design Preferences
Is flash to be used ? or only HTML website will suffice.
15. Credit Link
Can the web designer provide a link to his website crediting that the client website is designed by him.
Who is going to care of maintaining the website, the client will do it in house or the web designer has to do it. Whoever takes the charge of maintaining the website should make sure that the conetnt on the website is relevant, good and fresh. Do remember to update the website atleast once in a week.
That should be all. If you ask the above 16 questions to your web designing client before starting to design a website, and get all your answers you will definetely design a fabolous website.
Building internet traffic to your website is a fairly simple process. The only thing you need to do is demonstrate your value in front of your target audience. In other words, you need to look for places where your target market spends time while online and then find a way to put a little sample of your expertise right in that spot, along with a link back to your website.
Of course, there are lots of strategies to get traffic to your website but most of them cost a lot of money. Posting advertisements is not what this article is about. Rather, it’s about inexpensive and/or free strategies to allow your target market to discover your value along with an easy way to link through to your website.
One of the best ways to do this is to post valuable comments on blogs and forums. Many of the popular ones get tens of thousands of visitors each month and a few well-placed comments can drive significant traffic your way. And as it turns out, one of the very best forums for attracting new and highly targeted visitors to your website is Answers on Yahoo!
Answers (http://answers.yahoo.com) is a forum where you can post a question you need answered. You can also provide answers for those questions you have answers to. The beauty of this forum is that you can set up your account with a link to your own website, allowing readers of your answers to click through to your website for more information.
Answers is a great way to get highly targeted traffic to your website because you can select only those questions whose answers you specialize in. You can select the exact questions where you can provide the most value. And when you leave that value on the forum, the precise people you want will be the ones who read it.
Think about this for a second. Who do you think will be reading the questions you’re providing answers to? Well, it will be exactly those people who don’t yet know the answer and those who actually WANT the answer. In other words, they are exactly the people you want to find. In fact, I would say it’s the most direct way to find your ideal customer online.
Posting on forums like Answers only becomes successful when you’ve posted a number of responses already. There are literally thousands of questions on Answers and a single contribution will do little to increase your website’s traffic statistics. But if you dedicate an hour each day to post answers, you’ll be amazed how quickly it builds up and soon, you’ll be getting a steady stream of traffic on your front door.
Yahoo also awards contributors with points, earned through continued contributions and positive feedback from other users. Once you’ve accumulated a lot of points, the confidence factor starts to rise and other users will realize you’re an authority. That will only increase the percentage of users who click through to your profile and then on to your website.
Building website traffic isn’t difficult. It doesn’t even cost a lot of money. It just takes time and a little know-how. Yahoo Answers is a perfect example and I hope you take advantage of that resource and start building an identity for yourself and letting the internet take care of the rest. You’ll be amazed at the benefits you can receive by giving away your expertise for free.
Yahoo Answers; is this a good place for Aquarium or other information?
The answer from an aquatic information perspective is currently no (hopefully this will change).
Since they added the “Top Contributor” feature the answers have gotten even worse as people automatically vote or pick answers based on so called authority. In all modesty I have been in the hobby over 40 years and in a professional capacity for about 28 years, yet I continue to do research and not accept anecdotal advice (including my own) without research and tests. This hobby has enough myths that are passed around without them being compounded and accepted as fact due to Yahoo Answers. Yahoo Answers social commenting problem of posers acting like pros giving out poor advice is bad idea.
So far none of the hoped for improvements in Yahoo Answers have materialized, such as the Losing the Top Contributor feature and the voting. After a recent round of really bad answers getting picked best (in part due to voting with Top Contributor gaining respect based on volume of answers and a high percentage based on misguided trust). Albert Einstein wouldn’t stand a chance if he was to post in a section about physics.
What should Yahoo do short of the right moral thing of shutting downs Yahoo answer for any technical advice and leaving it as just a community forum? At least Yahoo should;
*Remove the best answer feature
*Pay for screeners in their field of knowledge
*Definitely get rid of the thumb up and down feature (this is ridiculous)
*Get rid of the top contributor feature (another poor idea)
Finally this is NOT an attack on Yahoo (it is my favorite search engine and I prefer Yahoo’s main service too). This is a warning to persons needing help with their aquarium or pond questions to look elsewhere for better less anecdotal and down right wrong and dangerous answers.
For my full articles about this problem with many examples and updates, please see this blog: