Scott Robert Dawson

Building Web Pages

One thing I do is build websites. I can create plain HTML web pages, or install a content-management system to make updates easier.

Website building can include the following services:

  • Creation of basic web pages.
  • Setting up a content-management system (CMS), such as WordPress.
  • Customization of the CMS.
  • Text editing, writing, and proofreading.
  • Product photography.
  • Logo creation and branding.
  • Email newsletter branding and setup.
  • Social media branding.
  • A Questionnaire for Web-Design Clients

    In school, I received a sample questionnaire to ask of web-design clients. Since then, in response to discussions I've had with many people, I've been expanding and updating it. The questionnaire covers such topics as:

  • What websites do you currently like or dislike, and why?
  • What are your competition's websites like?
  • What services do you plan to offer on your website?
  • Do you plan to have an email newsletter?
  • Do you have existing branding, colours, or logos you wish to use?
  • Do you plan to sell things online?
  • Will more than one person be maintaining the website?
  • Do you have a social-media prescence that needs to share the branding?
  • Of course, not every question will be useful for every reader of the questionnaire.

    Download the questionnaire in PDF format
    Download the questionnaire in Word format

    Steps Involved in Building a Website

    Building a website involves a surprising number of tasks. These can include:

  • Deciding what the website will do.
  • Deciding who will be doing it.
  • Deciding on colours, branding, appearance, and style.
  • Deciding what software the website will need.
  • Paying for and setting up a domain name.
  • Paying for and setting up a hosting service.
  • Creating and uploading website content: text, pictures, audio, video, etc.
  • Setting up external services.
  • Setting up analytics.
  • Setting up presence on social services.
  • And, of course, ongoing maintenance once the site is running.
  • Of course, not every step will be used by every website.

    Download a sample list of steps in PDF format
    Download a sample list of steps in Word format

    Bringing Scattered Information Together

    A manual for one website started as a record of assorted details for one particular client. There were so many different logins and accounts and pieces of information scattered among so many different people who had worked on the website, that out of desperation I started to put everything in one document.

    Then I added design notes and lists of plugins and programming changes. As the website developed, so did the document. This particular client wanted some more detailed explanations of typical website tasks, so I added those. Not everyone will want those.

    The document should contain everything necessary for a stranger to start maintaining the site. I've made a version with spaces for information. Yes, it mentions passwords, but you can just put down references to your passwords if you use one of the many password-keeper applications.

    Download the sample manual in PDF format
    Download the sample manual in Word format