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Project Management - Organizing Your Website Part One

When you start to think of creating a website, or redesigning a current website, it can be overwhelming whether you are doing it yourself or having a web designer do it for you. Breaking the big picture down into small parts can make the whole process more manageable.

When I took my training in I.T. Publishing/Web Design/Programming one very critical part of the course was Project Management. Project Management is common place in large companies as many will have various staff dealing with different aspects of the project. However, Project Management is also used in smaller companies.

Managing the project of a website is not only having the beginning idea and final product ending, but many steps in between to not only help you organize what is needed to be done, determine a time frame, but also to bring the project in on budget.

For this series of articles will discuss your website being created by a web designer.

Project Management - Basic Beginning Steps

Your role in this project from on the onset will help the entire process. Determine the goal of your web site by asking yourself these questions:

  • What do I want tell my visitors?

  • What do I want to offer my visitors?

  • Where do I want my visitors to go?

  • and then look at it again and see if there are any areas where your visitor could say "What am I suppose to do now?" If you can see this so will they so go back to #1 and start again.

  • Organize your information!

    The more organized you are, in your mind and with your documents, the easier the process will be.

    A website layout usually begins with a home page / index page and builds from there...

    • Determine how many pages you want and what information will be included on these pages.

    • Decide what content, images, audio, video etc., will be used or are desired.

    • Decide what look and feel you want for your website. Surf the Web. See what's out there, what attracts you.

    • Determine a realistically allocate a budget. If you want a 30 page web site but want to pay only a few hundred dollars then you must streamline your expectations at this stage. The project can be split into sections or some 'toys and whistles' put on a wait list to accommodate a limited budget, but this has to be part of the project discussion right up front. Once the budget is determined add another 10% for unexpected changes or additions.

    • Jan L Carroll
      JBCR Virtual Solutions
      Certified I.T. Publishing/Web Design & Programming, UBC
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