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A guide to web design & development


Designing and developing an effective website takes careful planning. The website needs to be engaging, easy to navigate and accessible from an ever-developing range of devices. Add to that the need to make sure your website can be found and understood by search engines, and the whole process becomes even more complex.

Luckily, a bit of knowledge goes a long way – and that’s exactly what this guide is for. Packed with tips, this guide will help you take the best possible approach to your new website. Plus advice on how to keep your website fresh and up-to-date, and even how to safeguard it against future changes.

Chapter 1: Planning a new website

Find out what you need to know to get your web development project off to the right start.

Chapter 2: Website design

A well-designed website is far more than simply how it looks. This chapter considers design from all angles – from establishing user journeys and the importance of a mobile-friendly website to using images on your website and which font to use.

Chapter 3: Web development

A good development company will build you a robust, secure website that is flexible enough to meet your needs for years to come and integrate with your other software systems. Find out how to select the right content management system to how to speed up your website – so you are fully informed for your next web project.

Chapter 4: How to keep your website secure

With technology constantly improving, hackers and online criminals are always looking to exploit vulnerabilities. This chapter will give you tips on how to keep your website secure.

Chapter 5: Web hosting

You may have a well-built, well-designed website – but if it is slow to load, not secure and unreliable, all your hard work will be wasted. Find out all about web hosting and how to find a good hosting provision.

Chapter 6: Looking after your website

Managing and maintaining your website is crucial to protect your investment and keep it secure. Learn how to maximise your investment and make sure your website continues to work for you now and for years to come.

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