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Positive People - Self Employment - Website Design (Bideford, 08/10/2018)


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Positive People - Self Employment - Website Design (Bideford, 08/10/2018)

  1. 1. Self Employment Programme
  2. 2. What we are going to share with you? Introduction • The importance of having a website Why you need one • Site planning Who is it for, what is the purpose? • Final agreed 'brief’ A document that someone could build from Break • What to consider Content, images, competitors, 3rd party systems • Design guidance What you should gather and do before the build • Newsletters and GDPR How to communicate with your audience Close
  3. 3. Introduction
  4. 4. Who are we? Jamie – WordPress & Web Support • A passion for writing online • Worked in a kitchen for minimum wage • Started an apprenticeship • Graduated into the web team • Became an asset in accurate content creation and simple website development • Moved into support role and learnt a variety of different skills in client management, training, development, project management and working within a team • Now part of the web team that produces professional websites for all sizes of business and supports our growing group of clients Pete – Website Coordinator • A passion for computers and tech • Worked multiple different manual and service industry jobs • Went to further education • Dropped out of life for a year • Got a minimum wage job which gave practical skills that contributed to getting a job at Cosmic • Worked through Cosmic from the ground floor up • Spent time in all sections of the business learning web project management, training, tech support, marketing, design, project work and operations • Now manages the web team, meets potential clients, trains and offers consultancy Two web professionals whose jobs are to help guide clients from initial ideas to finished websites, supporting them along the way and involved in every aspect. Our stories
  5. 5. The importance of having a website
  6. 6. The importance of having a website • A website is the one place online that you can control • Social media platforms could change the way they look - your website is something you control entirely and will only change if you want it to • All online content should link back to your website so it manages expectations, sells at the right level and puts across a consistent message
  7. 7. The importance of having a website • The majority of your potential clients will now visit the internet first to start searching – without an online presence you are missing out • Search engines need content in order to index and then return results, so you have to be online to even hope to show in Google results • Without one, people will still Google you or your company and they will form opinions based on what they find – this might not always be good or even related to you or your business
  8. 8. For example…
  9. 9. Which one is best?
  10. 10. This must be good…
  11. 11. Wait…who made this list?
  12. 12. Online reputation • So, we want to control what people see and read about us – this is called your online reputation. The best way to manage this is to first be aware that it exists
  13. 13. Online reputation • Next, look at how information is presented about you and your business • Include social media which blurs the line between work and home • Have you Googled yourself lately? • Would you pay for services from the results you find? • It’s not too late, create higher quality information
  14. 14. Online reputation • Create your own website and you are in control • Create a professional presence on social media • Create a clear line between your personal and professional life
  15. 15. Importance of having a website • Think about your own buying behaviour: • You buy from people you trust • You buy from people your family and friends trust • Prove you are good at what you do – deliver a great service and trust will spread your business • Your website is an extension of this
  16. 16. Site planning
  17. 17. Site planning – Details are important 1. What is it you really do? Get to the bottom of the purpose of your business and therefore your website: • Selling or bespoke service • Information only (brochure) • Events and bookings 2. Who do you do it for? Identify your audience. By understanding your main audience you can tailor the website specifically to them. • Age groups • Businesses or individuals • Specialist or mass market 3. How do they use the internet and websites? • Mobile or office based • Time sensitive or research (influences amount of information) • Text heavy or image based
  18. 18. Site planning – Details are important 4. What are some competitors already doing and what can we learn from them? Start in your local area and then search more widely on Google. • Make notes • Keep the best site addresses saved somewhere 5. What pages are standard on most websites? Most sites have at least • Home • About • Contact • GDPR compliant information – privacy policy, privacy notice, cookies – more on this later 6. What other pages do you need for your specific service? You need to decide on your pitch, are you selling your services, to audiences or naming the problem your potential client is experiencing. • Plumbing • Businesses vs. Residential • Got a leak?
  19. 19. Writing a brief
  20. 20. Site planning - Exercise With the example of a gardening service, what pages would you expect to find? • Shout them out and we will make a list to review
  21. 21. Writing a brief – take away points • Write down a bullet numbered list – then you can add more details to this structure • Start with the main parent pages • Add any desired child pages • Start to add descriptions for the pages
  22. 22. Writing a brief – take away points • The home page is where it all starts – but why is the home page different? • Focus buttons (call to actions) – why do we need these? • Large images and videos / icon based • Short wording, but bear search engines in mind
  23. 23. 15 minute break
  24. 24. How things have changed
  25. 25. 1998
  26. 26. 2018
  27. 27. 1997
  28. 28. 2018
  29. 29. What to consider
  30. 30. What to consider – Content and SEO • Now you have your site plan, don’t forget to write content • How do you please a search engine, and when do they index your website? • Keywords • Authentic • Clear • Accurate • Dated content (news, blogs or events) • Social media • Responsive • Index roughly every 4 to 6 weeks (caching should be considered)
  31. 31. What to consider - Images • Images – Good ones vs. bad ones, professional vs. amateur • Stock photography (paid vs. free) • Modern technology allows everyone to take good photos • Using images of your own is more authentic • Consider hiring a photographer • A bad image can do harm • Be aware of copyright
  32. 32. What to consider – Responsive design • Different devices – Don’t forget mobile, tablet, computer, laptop and TVs; how will your site display? • Use the right tools to create the site • Ensure you know if it will be responsive • Google penalises those sites that are not
  33. 33. What to consider – Website hosting • Hosting – Where the final website and the files that make it work live, usually rented space on a computer somewhere (try to ensure EU based)
  34. 34. What to consider – Domain names • A domain name is the address where users go to see your website • Should be easy to spell and memorable • You can have more than one • There are many different endings (i.e., .com)
  35. 35. What to consider – domain names: Exercise For the example business “Cosmic Gardening Services” who are based in Honiton… What is the best domain name?
  36. 36. What to consider – SSL certificate SSL – All big tech companies pushing towards a secure web. Many major browsers will warn a user if your website does not have an SSL certificate installed – your website would be branded as potentially unsafe.
  37. 37. What to consider – Emails • Emails – You can use Google Mail or Microsoft Office, or be a forwarder onto an existing email account. • Professional appearance vs. personal email addresses • looks better than in a business capacity
  38. 38. Design guidance
  39. 39. Design guidance • Branding is not just a logo; it can be simple text
  40. 40. Design guidance • Colours you like – these are important in setting highlighted elements
  41. 41. Design guidance • Typefaces or fonts – The style of text you like, should be clear and readable
  42. 42. Design guidance • Other sites you have seen that you like to look at – not necessarily in your area of work
  43. 43. Design guidance • Lead images – the best you have or can find
  44. 44. Design guidance - layout • Consider layout of blocks – we talk in terms of • Header - the top (this can have multiple elements) • Large header images, rotating images, contact info, social media links, translate features etc) • Navigation – menus (should be kept short and to the point) • Feeds – News, Tweets or events displayed in grids of the latest few • Focus buttons – Call to actions that draw attention, these make decisions for the users • Footer – the final section (this can also have multiple elements)
  45. 45. Newsletters & GDPR
  46. 46. Newsletters and GDPR Keeping existing clients (who have agreed) up to date with your service and offers
  47. 47. Newsletters – sending bulk emails There is only one service really worth considering – MailChimp Market leading system Self cleaning un-subscribes (user led control) Free for a certain level and number of subscribers • Subscribers – Peoples email addresses added into a list that receive you newsletter campaign • Campaigns – Each mailout to a list of subscribers • List – A group of peoples email addresses that you can send to • Opt-In – A person has read a clear reason for being signed up to receive your emails and has actively clicked on a yes box, you cannot send if they have not done this. • Unsubscribe – A person has to be able to leave the list via a link
  48. 48. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) In basic terms a company cannot just take a persons data and start sending marketing or keeping that data as the companies asset, it always belongs to the person. You must be clear about • Why you gather a persons information • When you will contact them • What they will receive from you • How long you will keep it • If they ask you to remove it or see what information you hold on them you must explain the process • If you lose their data you must inform them and the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) What you should do Consider writing a single page with Terms, Conditions and Privacy policy (this includes GDPR).
  49. 49. What next?
  50. 50. Questions We know it is a lot of information to take on board and you are bound to have questions. Feel free to ask any questions you may have before we finish the session for the day.
  51. 51. What next? Support beyond this course • Free handouts from Cosmic • Individual one to one mentoring • Speak to change coach and ask for one to one • They will book a day and the allotted time slots with us • This could be any support on website planning or help and assistance on challenges faced with current websites • Not all systems can be used as we have expertise on a dedicated selection of content management systems • We can assist with more general SEO, content, planning, design and certain aspects of domain and hosting issues, again dependent on the supplier or software being used How is the support delivered? • 4 sessions of 2 hours each • One to one • Face to face • Follow on 6 hours of email and phone support
  52. 52. Thank you!