Designing a website – Episode 1: Planning & site map!



Welcome to a new series where I’ll be taking you through the whole process of redesigning and building my website from start to finish! Please remember to subscribe

The very very first thing I do when approaching a new design project is plan (shocker!). For a website, that means sitting down and thinking through firstly what the goal is for the site and why visitors might be on it, and secondly what pages and templates will need to be designed in order to bring it to life.

In this video you’ll see me make a plan for my website, both for the full site map of my new blog and portfolio, and also for an “MVP” simple landing page I’ll be starting with first.

Hope you enjoy the video and are excited about the series!

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31 comments

  1. You speak too fast😅😅. I had to watch the whole video at 0.75x speed😅😅. Apart from that, so far on youtube, this is the most helpful video for me.

  2. Correct me if I am wrong, but in a formal environment, you would be using the SRS and Use Case Model to help you create the site map, right?

  3. This is a good explanation of the process of determining Site Architecture IMHO, thanks for sharing Charli.

  4. I do have a non-commercial website that needs redesigning as I am including diverse and expansive material. Your thinking as how to organize content is of great help to me. Thank you very much.

  5. Thank you for sharing insights on website designing. Planning is the most important phase in designing the website. You should be clear about your expectations from the website and it should be properly communicated to the website designing company so that they can meet your expectations. If you have a business website or you planning to launch your business website you can hire a website design company like Nettonic (https://www.nettonic.co.uk/web-design-services/website-design-portfolio/). They have a team of experts who can work on your expectations to make your website appealing to the audience.

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