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Chapter 5: Plan Your Web Site
You may want to jump right in and start building your web site, but you ll save time and
avoid headaches with a little advanced planning. We recommend creating an outline of your
site before you start. Why?
Good organization will simplify site building and maintenance.
You won t forget any essential information.
You ll get a high level view of all of the pages you need to build and the ways they
will link to each other.
Step 1: Outline Your Goals
The question may seem silly, but your first essential step is to ask yourself why you want to
build your web site. What do you hope your site will achieve? Your answer will help you
clarify the kind of site you want to build. Do you want to create an online brochure for your
organization or an information center for your club? Will you use your site to celebrate an
important life event, such as a wedding, graduation, or new baby? Some users need only a
page or two to display contact information for an offline business; others may plan to launch
an online store.
Try to distill your goals into a short mission statement, then keep this statement at hand
while you plan your site. You can always adjust your aims, but knowing where you want to
go will help you focus as you begin pursuing your path to a successful web site.
Step 2: Define Your Audience
Before you start designing, think about your audience.
Who do you expect to visit your site and why?
Review the goals you described in step 1. Will your
audience primarily include friends and family, or will
your visitors represent potential clients or buyers? Will
your audience seek certain kinds of information? Will
they expect to interact with your site? Will your site
speak to industry insiders or the general public?
Consider the needs, interests, and expectations of
your audience as you begin to make decisions about
your site content and organization.
Tip: After you build your site, Yahoo! Web Hosting will help you stay in tune with your
audience. Site Statistics will show you how many visitors view your site, how often, with
which browsers, and more. You can use these statistics to fine tune your web pages.
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