How to order a website
Know what you want, get what you want
If you don't know what your site will look like, then you will have to provide us with some clues, which we can easy sort out over a fresh brew.
You'll have to draw pictures for this, and take a bit of time. Your site should reflect who you are and what you are about. But let's make a list and start chiselling out the parameters:
Colours: Choose a swatch of fours colours that will define your colour theme, often these colours are associated with your logo.
Logo: A logo is essential in defining you or your company and will help people to quickly identify your brand. It can be as complex as you like, altho you should also make another logo that will be visible at 16 pixels wide - you can see an example of this little image in your browser tabs, and in your browser bookmarks bar.
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Menus: In your surfing around the net, make a note of the menu systems that you really like, and they can be replicated for your site, for instance, you may like a particular style of dropdown menus, or maybe you prefer your menus to slide out from the side. Make a list of websites containing your favourite bits and pieces and we can talk about how we will integrate them to your liking.
Buttons: You've noticed on many websites that the buttons animate when you hover the mouse over them. This is a simple example of interaction where the site responds to your movements and lets you know its there for you. If you find a really awesome button style you like, add it to your website list.
Layout: The current rage is more or less a full screen layout with a single column of information. Many websites also have a panel on the left side, or on the right side, some sites even have a 3 column layout, altho you might want to make sure you don't fill the screen up with too much information at once.
Animation: New CSS3 coding has allowed for some awesome animating to go on with your site. Here the choices become too many to contemplate without the experience to choose wisely. Subtle animation works best as it can be an overkill to have too much of it. Again this can be anything you can imagine on a screen.
Pages: Your site can have any amount of pages you like, tho bear in mind that you will have to create the content to fill these pages or they could turn out really boring and sparse. Basically we are working with information, and this comes in the form of words, images and videos. These three things are then further compiled to bring us event or product listings, personality or company profiles, etc, etc.
Shopfront: An online shop is almost rent free and available to a worldwide shopping audience. If you have products to sell, we can list them and provide the means of payment and exchange, depending on the nature and number of the items you have for sale, will determine the scope of the coding behind the shopfront and this will have to planned out with us.
Shopfront Payment Methods: All depends on your produce and how you intend to ship the items out. Shipping costs will vary according to volume and weight and these need to be coded for.
Paypal: Paypal integrations are very common, altho currently in South Africa, Paypal is only talking to First National Bank at the moment, and if you want to draw Rands out from your Paypal account, you will have to open an account with FNB. Otherwise it's a big mission with extra bank charges.
Automated Invoicing: Codesign has designed systems that present your online shopper with automated proforma invoices, based on their shopping cart. Here your site will send both you and your client an automatically generated proforma invoice, which your client can then pay at their leisure to initiate the shipping.
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updated: Sun 1 Feb 2015