Unlike print, websites can be incredibly complex, and multi-dimensional. The best approach is to map it out before you begin. In fact, building a website is a lot like building a house: You need a blueprint before you begin, to be sure that your essential needs are met. And there are almost endless ways to address the same basic functionalities. Add more rooms, more “bells and whistles” more creature comforts, nicer trim, upgraded appliances...and the price goes up considerably. The basic shelter does the trick–as does the decked-out version. It just depends on what you really need, who your customer is and what you're willing to invest.
Consider your customer. Will they be young tech savvy business professionals that will enjoy special effects and have all of the necessary plugins to view those effects? Or is your customer a business person who needs information on your product quickly to make a buying decision and would leave your site if expected to wait 20 seconds for those mindblowing graphics to load. Will your site be viewed on a mobile device? How about an iPad? All of these questions need to be considered before the first line of code is written.
If you’re not sure where to begin, take a look at these samples, and check out our web services page for a guide to getting started. Then give us a call!