"Content" - what is it?

All web designers are obsessed with "content"... and will yabber on about it assuming you know what they're talking about.

 

If you do, that's great; if you don't, here's a potted guide:

 

Content = what appears on your website

 

Web designers are obsessed with content because they can't build your website without it: no content, no website.

And what really freaks them out is their lack of control: they can't magic content out of nothing - they need you to provide it!

Moral of the story: the quicker you provide your content, the sooner your web designer will be able to build your website.

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Known to normal people as photographs.  These can be taken by a professional photographer, bought from an agency or taken by you.  The most important thing is that you have permission to use them on your website.  If you have a number of photos, you might want to put them in a gallery on your website.  NB. when you send digital photos to your designer, make sure they're of the highest possible quality (resolution).

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This could be your logo (if you have one) or other diagrams etc you might want to include in your site.

If you have a particular

- style

- type of branding

- colour palette

you wish to carry through your site, your web designer will need the relevant information.

This is the wording for the Homepage.  This is what I want to say on the Contact page.  This is the blurb for the About Us page etc...

Your web designer will need to know the written information you want on each page, ie. what you want each webpage to say.  They might edit it, but they can't make it up for you.

The easiest way to convey to your web designer the way you would like your website to look, feel and function is to give them some examples.

Email them a few links to websites you like and explain why you do and don't like them.  Details to include are whether you like the overall feel of the site or a particular part or detail of it etc.  

 

This is also a useful exercise for you to undertake, as it will help you to firm up your own ideas of what you would like your site to be like.

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If you have a video you want to show on your website, a link to it from You Tube, Vimeo etc can be "embedded" on a page.  You might also want to embed a calendar or some other information that is linked to from another site or platform.

If you regularly need to pass new information or give news updates to your users, you might want to include a blog as part of your website.  Your web designer can set this up for you, or incorporate a blog/social media that you have already, but you will need to keep updating it.  NB. blogs/social media posts move down the page as you create new posts - they are not an alternative to making important updates to your website.

Text or copy

Blog and/or social media, eg. Facebook, Twitter etc

Images

Video and other media

Graphics

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