Building a House Website There is no doubt that your business needs a web presence. Regardless of your industry, too many people get their information from the internet for an entrepreneur, business owner or firm to ignore this space. Clients often understand this, but building a website is still a new and often confusing adventure.
To make it more familiar, we like to say that building a new website is like building a house, with many of the same benefits and frustrations.
Let’s Go Back First: The Sites
The first similarity I can think of is with “hosting” (yes, that’s a professional bias on my part). Although the Hosting of a website can, most of the time, be changed later, this does not mean that the choice of a hosting environment remains ignored. Like it or not, when you buy a property, you usually ask yourself questions such as: is the neighbourhood safe? Are there enough services nearby for my current and future needs? Is it a house or apartment in a block? Is the condominium well managed? Will management costs increase or decrease over time?
Hosting typically comes last in website redevelopment conversations. Still, some decisions about it have long-term effects arranged what you can or can’t do with your website: The hosting provider offers enough services? Arrange? What safety standards exist? Are there specific architectural requirements? What guarantees do I have with this host? What is my initial capital expenditure (capex)? Once you have purchased the property, it is impossible to change location unless you sell and buy elsewhere, which requires significant investments of time and money. Fortunately, changing a website’s Hosting isn’t that drastic. Still, sometimes legal contracts or technical requirements and restrictions can complicate things, not to mention the time and money required for such a task. The recommendation here is to consider these factors from the outset.
Select The Correct Collaborators – Building a House Website
A construction project requires a group of people who are in charge of different tasks from day one: architect, project manager, electrician, plumber, interior designer, etc. Although it depends on the nature of the project, it is unlikely that you will find a single person with all the experience to do everything right on their own. So, as a general rule, you refer to a construction company or agency that provides you with the equipment that best suits your needs. Similarly, agencies like Arekibo offer you a team of experts who take care of these things. Larger groups, like ours, provide more security in terms of skills and delivery capabilities, so you know you’ll get what you expect.
Let’s not forget that you remain faced with choices according to your requirements and tastes, such as floors, tiles, furniture, and colours.
The same goes for your website: you need to be able to talk about your ideas and needs to find the solutions that best meet your expectations. It is where the synergy with the partner of choice becomes essential.
Let’s See The Designs – Wireframes
If you’re building a house, you probably have an idea of how you want to lay it out. Living room next to the kitchen? The long hallway to the bedroom? Two stories or one? These are all valid and interesting questions that need to remain addressed before construction begins.
Wireframes work like website maps. We create them for customers to approve very early in the process. It gives them an idea of the website’s layout, navigation to move around the site, and how content and images will remain displayed. Gatorworks stays in contact with the client throughout this process as we want to ensure that the “plans” match their expectations and needs.
The Building Phase: Website Growth
It is part of the building process that so many people get tricked into, both in homes and on websites. You can get something that is presentable but not structurally sound. Or he could be rock solid but as ugly as can be. You want a home built to stand the test of time and look beautiful at the same time. For that, you have to find professionals who know what they are doing and respect the process.
At Gatorworks, we take pride in our work and love helping our clients create beautiful, functional websites. We respect the process. We know what we are doing. Our website development team works hard to make this happen. They remain a resource, even after the launch of the website, to solve minor problems that may appear later. Like the building phase of a house, developing a website takes time if you want everything done right.
The Position of Design and Usability – Building a House Website
The designer of an apartment or a house is not so far, as a concept, from the designer of a website. Each element must be in the right place. Otherwise, it will not work correctly or look bad.
Now imagine a cupboard in the kitchen, a faucet without a sink, a toilet in the living room or even a messy hallway. See what I mean? The same concept applies to websites and web design: every element should be where it’s natural, and sometimes even negative space is better left alone rather than filled in to fill the space.
Just as a home needs to be visually pleasing and usable to look its best, so does a website. It is important to note that stylish designs enhance the overall experience of things. If you like the space, you are likely to enjoy your experience more and spend more time using it.
The comparison with the content ploys between the property and the website was suggested to me by a colleague (thanks, Gerard). It fits the theme well. When designing a room, you need to consider what that room will remain reinforced for, and the same goes for sections of a website. On a larger scale, you need to have a clear idea of what kind of furniture you want, where, and when it’s too much or not enough (have you noticed how content strategy goes hand-in-hand with design?).
Sometimes the budget may not be enough to furnish the second bedroom, so you may want to put it off. The piece can remain prepared over time and end up becoming what it should be. Similarly, if a section doesn’t have enough content, it might be worth postponing the effort to a later stage. The most central thing is that you have a clear idea of each room’s scope and a clear content strategy from the beginning.
As you can see, the similarities between a real estate renovation project and the creation of a building a house website are numerous, and the approaches are very compatible. I hope this comparison can give you an idea of what to expect, what to look for, and questions to ask when involved in a website-building project.