He paused for just a second… (do you see the “ah-ha!” light bulb appearing?) It was at that moment he realized that there is a lot more to creating a website than one might assume.
I went on to explain that just like building a new home, to build a website you need:
- – a well thought out blueprint
- – appropriate codes and permits
- – equipment and materials
- – an experienced labor force
- – and a solid footer and foundation to build the home on
Then you can begin:
- – framing in the house
- – installing electrical and plumbing lines
- – hanging drywall
- – installing windows, staining trim, installing cabinets, cupboards, bathroom fixtures
- – painting, plastering, carpeting and a bunch of other “-ings” plus millions of other annoying little details
So what does building a house have to do with a website? EVERYTHING!
Let me break down your home, and your homepage.
- Blueprint = Web site map, big dreams, and a copy of “The Secret” DVD
- Codes & Permits = domain, hosting, and a blessing from the all mighty FTC & WWW police.
- Equipment & materials = software, hardware, project collaboration tools, a large bottle of Tylenol, and a hard-working industrial coffee maker!
- Experienced labor force = seasoned project managers, staff developers, programmers, and the patience, wisdom and vision of Mother Theresa!
- Footer & foundation = Site architecture, database development, and lots of perks (beer & pizza) to keep your programmers happy
- Framing = back-end programming, directories, assets, and whatcha’majiggers
- Utilities = highly technical thingies that make the website more enjoyable
- Drywall = individual web pages with groovy gizmos
- Cabinets, cupboards & toilets = shopping carts, copywriting, and a common user interface
- Painting, plastering, and those other “-ing’s” = Graphic and/or flash development & design – cosmetic surgery for websites!
And of course, those million other annoying little details don’t go away either!But seriously…
Building a house, a car, a rocket, or a website takes proper planning.
Nail down your plans, or else you may end up with a motor home that goes 300mph instead of a 3 bedroom condo! That’s a visual!
Donna Payne is the Chief Web Goddess of The Web Coach.net a web development, coaching and marketing firm, and is known as the gal to call when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Learn Money & Time Saving Techniques that everyone should know when working with a web designer or building a website yourself. Download your FREE “Quick-Start Web workbook” and accompanying MP3 at http://thewebcoach.net “Know PAYNE – Know GAIN!”