From 0 to website in 10 easy steps

Kerry A. Thompson Blog - From 0 to website in 10 easy steps

My clients want to be involved with how their websites are designed, but know they need some help in pulling the pieces together and in navigating the many choices they need to make along the way. Potential clients often ask me what the steps are for working with me to create a website. If you have never had a website or have only created a website on your own without help, this blog post will explain the steps my clients and I take to go from our first talk to a finished website that helps their businesses shine online.

Step 1: Free consultation

I call you for your free 30-minute consultation.

Step 2: Questionnaire

If you decide to work with me, you email me answers to a questionnaire I’ve sent you. Your answers help me understand your business goals, the features you may need for a website, and the type of people you want to appeal to with your website.

Step 3: Squarespace or Weebly

We start our work together with a phone call to talk about the two website builders I work with—Squarespace and Weebly—and we make a decision about which one is best for you.

Step 4: Design template

I email you a few choices of design templates and you choose one that you like.

Here are two blog posts that help with the decision:

The one trick that will narrow down your design choices for a new website

Choosing a design based on where the navigation text falls

Step 5: Text for your website

You write a first draft of the text that will go on the website or have me help you with it.

Here are some blog posts about writing the text for your website:

A good website has everything a local bakery has

Why the Home page is the most important page of your website

What about you? Writing an About page that does the job

The 5 questions your Services page should answer

Step 6: Website account

Through a phone call, we create an account for you on Squarespace or Weebly and add me as an administrator.

Step 7: Website first draft

I create a first draft of the website. I gather or create images. I edit text that you've written. I design how the images and text go together on the website.

Step 8: Website review

You review the first draft of the website, letting me know through email or phone calls what you like and what you want changed, and we collaborate in that way until you’re happy with the design.

Step 9: Website is connected to a domain

I set up a new domain on Squarespace or Weebly or connect one you already have to your new website. This action makes your website public.

These blog posts cover some of the things you need to know about domains:.

How to choose a domain name for your website

Your domain and your website are best friends, but they’re not inseparable

Step 10: Website final steps

I finish other administrative and SEO setup tasks both on your website and on Google to help it to be found in search results.

Does this 10-step list make the process seem less intimidating? I work with you through email and phone calls for the most part. We can also arrange a video screen-sharing call if you want a demonstration of how to make updates on your website. The reason I chose to specialize in Squarespace and Weebly is because they are the two easiest website builders. I help with the heavy lifting getting a site launched, but the goal is that you can make simple updates later on your own (or you can always get in touch with me again for more complicated updates). If you’re ready to find out more, schedule your free consultation. I’ll look forward to learning more about what you have in mind.

Kerry A. Thompson Website Design

I offer stress-free design and writing help to get your website launched or updated on Squarespace and Weebly. If you’re struggling to get your website going for your new business or passion project, see the Services page for the types of help I offer and then take me up on a free 30-minute no-obligation consultation. I’d love to hear from you. - Kerry