Home Business Ideas For You - 2. Web Design Business Part 6d How To Do It Successfully Step Six
Web design business Part 6 is on doing it successfully. We learned to identify the website purpose on 6a and the target market and the competitors on 6b. Then we defined the features of the client’s site on 6c. Now we are ready to develop the wire frame.
What is a wire frame? It is a blueprint of the screen which is a visual guide that shows the website’s skeletal framework. Developing the wire frame is an essential step in the web design business that shows the arrangement of the content on any given website, along with the navigational systems and the interface elements and how they work together.
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Back to the wire frame, what you do is put together all the information you have into the web site where you can organize and correct the integration of the information easily. The wire frame does not have color or graphic as the main focus is on functionality and how it works and not on what it looks like. It can be just a pencil sketch or drawing where you can easily see omissions.
A wire frame has three components: the information, navigation and interface designs. These three elements can be on a page layout but the wireframe will show the relationship among these three elements. The information should be presented for better understanding and should be reflecting the goals of the website.
The navigation system will allow the user to go from one page to another in the website. This element should show the relationship between the links so that the users will know what option they have for navigating the website. The goal is to get the customers where they want to go quickly so using several navigation systems is good for the web design business.
The third element of a wire frame is the interface design and should include elements to enable the customers to relate with the system. The goal is to make it easy for the users to interact with the system. Action buttons, drop down menus, check boxes, text field and drop down menus are common elements found in the interface design.
There’s an example of a wire frame I found at http://webdesignledger.com/inspiration/18-great-examples-of-sketched-ui-wireframes-and-mockups If you want to see it, clink the link and scroll down to find Coastal Capital Partners. The link does not seem to work. If so, just copy and paste it onto your browser.
You can begin constructing the wire frame by making a sitemap where all the pages of the website are listed. For each page, put in the details needed making sure to consider the role of the site. The content pages will help build the traffic so check each page and make several versions before you are fully satisfied. Check out each page three ways from your perspective as well as from those of the clients and their customers.
Pretend you are a customer walking through the website. Can you find the information you need? Can you pick the item you want to buy, put it to the shopping cart and place your order? If this is not easily done, it is obvious you have to do some revision. Do the same from your client’s perspective. Does it have everything you discussed in the interviews and the elements in the competitors’ sites? All these are essential in making a web design business a success.
Review it also based on your perspective as a web designer. Is it too complicated it will be hard to have a navigation system? Will it support growth? Get people to walk through the site and give you their constructive criticism. Once you are satisfied, give a copy of the finished wire frame to your client to review before you proceed any further.
We have just finished learning how to do a wire frame which is an essential part of a web design business. You want it to be complete with all your client’s requirements and make sure the prospective customers will have a satisfying experience navigating through the site. This will insure a successful web design business.