Web Design – Preparing Website Content

We understand that preparing the content for your website can be a little bit daunting, and can seem like a very time consuming task. In order to help make this process as simple as possible, we have put together this page with some tips of the trade for the best way to put your content together, and the best way to provide it to us!

Read on for our step by step instructions, or Click Here to skip ahead to some examples.

Where should I start?

The first hurdle with writing your content is getting started, and often our clients are just not sure where the best place to start actually is. A way to make writing the content for your website as easy as possible is to plan well! So here are some initial steps:

Think about the purpose of your website and what you want to get out of it
Think about (and jot down) what information is required on the site to get this message across
Write down a sitemap….

What is a sitemap?

A sitemap is simple. Essentially a sitemap is a list of the pages that you are going to have on your site, in a structured order that is reflected by the menu. For example, take a look at our menu at the top of this site. You will see that some pages have dropdown “subpages”. Below is our sitemap based on what you can see in our main menu:

Home
About Us
About Excite Media
Meet the Team
Code of Ethics
Our Services
Website Design
Content Management
Graphic Design
Logo Design
Search Engine Optimisation
Google AdWords Management
Domain Registration
Portfolio
Web Design Portfolio
Graphic Design Portfolio
Articles
Tips & Tricks
Jargon Buster
Simple Image Resizing Tool
Contact Us

I’ve written my sitemap. What next?

With a basic sitemap in place, you are now ready to start writing the content for the website. Sometimes this is made easier by making some bullet points next to each page name outlining the information that you would like to cover on each specific page.

The easiest way to prepare this content for us is to open up a new Microsoft Word document, and have the text for each page of your website on a separate page in your word document. If you can put a clear header at the top of these pages to show us what each page is that is also helpful.

Another handy tip is to have your sitemap listed at the very top of the document. That will make our lives even easier!

Example Content

Below we have included some examples of how you should prepare your content and provide it to us. We have accompanied this with a link to the final websites so that you can get a true idea of how the content is taken from the document, and implemented to the website itself.

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