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A guide to web design & development


Designing and developing a website that meets the needs of your customers takes careful planning. Not only must you figure out how to make it as easy as possible for customers to navigate your site and get the information they’re looking for, but you also need to ensure that your website is 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 on what to think about when you’re getting a new website developed, this guide will help you take the best possible approach to your new website. What’s more, you’ll find plenty of tips 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 everything 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. Providing a good experience for your visitors is vital, and that is all down to how well your website has been designed. 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 might even work with your organisation’s software systems. Learn more about web development – from choosing the best 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

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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