How to Design a WooCommerce Website

A WooCommerce website is a great way to get started with your eCommerce journey – it is one of the most popular global eCommerce platforms, hosting multiple virtual storefronts. That popularity, however, means you need to know what will make your storefront stand out.

For that, you need to understand the basics of good web design.

What makes a good WooCommerce website?

There are several cores to every good website, and the same principles will apply to your WooCommerce site. The first is making sure your website is functional. A good looking storefront is no good if it’s impossible to navigate when customers land there. Mapping out the easiest

There are several cores to every good website, and the same principles will apply to your WooCommerce site. The first is making sure your website is functional. A good looking storefront is no good if it’s impossible to navigate when customers land there. Mapping out the easiest possible path between finding a product and checking out is one of the best things you can do to encourage future success.

With function taken care of, it’s time to think about the visual impact of your website. You want to make a statement, but remember that simplicity is the key to success. A simple website with well-chosen elements, images, fonts, and colour schemes will be far more eye-catching and memorable than a website that’s far too busy. An elegant website that is intuitive to navigate will always be successful.

How do you get started?

So now you understand the elements of a successful website, how do you get started with WooCommerce?

Consulting a professional web design agency to assist you can be an invaluable investment. Whether you want to consult with them for more in-depth ideas about how to design your WooCommerce website, or you want them to take the lead and design your storefront for you, you should strongly consider it.

You want your WooCommerce store to look as professional as possible, to encourage trust from your first-time customers. A website design company like Real Internet can help you – if you’re interested in learning more about what makes a great WooCommerce website, or to get started building yours, contact us today.

 

What Is the Difference Between Ecommerce and Digital Marketing?

Although eCommerce and digital marketing are closely intertwined, they are certainly not one and the same.

eCommerce deals with selling and buying goods and services across the internet, while digital marketing focuses on promotional strategies that drive traffic to your eCommerce store. Learning the difference between the two is crucial for your business because these processes work closely together. So, what is the difference between eCommerce and digital marketing?

eCommerce

Like a bricks-and-mortar business, eCommerce businesses require a channel where customers can browse through the inventory and order goods and services, and this is often a website. When running an eCommerce store, one of the first things you will have to do is create a website that displays all your items. A website also allows you to process orders and accept payments from customers. That said, having a great site isn’t enough in eCommerce. You will need to advertise your business to generate traffic to your site, and this is where digital marketing comes in.

Digital Marketing

Digital marketing is essential to the success of eCommerce. It helps you reach your target audience and converts the incoming traffic into paying customers. Some examples of digital marketing include:

SEO

Search engine optimisation focuses on your site’s ranking on search engines such as Google, Bing, etc. It helps your website become more discoverable by optimising your content using relevant keywords and quality backlinks. SEO generates organic traffic, which means that you won’t pay for each visit on your site.

SMM

Social media marketing is one of the most powerful methods of advertising today. It can help you raise brand awareness, create a brand identity, increase engagement, and increase website traffic. All you need to do is select a few social media platforms and consistently publish content relevant to your brand.

PPC

Pay-per-click advertising requires that you pay search engines every time a user clicks on your ad.

Although different, eCommerce and digital marketing work together to grow and prosper your business. For digital marketing and web design services, please contact us today to talk to our team of experts.

How to map out a website design

The process of designing a website is one that should be detailed and not done in haste. Like an architect drawing drafts of a house build, a well-worked website design map ensures that everyone is aware of the project’s goals and removes any potential design snags. Whether you are already a business owner or preparing to launch a new website, it is important to think about why you need a website, how you expect it to work, and what you expect to gain from it.

How to map out a website design

So, what does a website design map include? It is, more often than not, a visual (digital) representation of a user’s journey through your website. A visual representation usually starts with the homepage and displays how your other pages link to it. The most common pages are: home page, about page, service(s) page, contact page. If you have an e-commerce site, you are likely to need more pages; the same goes if you are adding landing pages as part of a digital marketing strategy.

The map of your website can also show user movement – through navigation bars and other links. This means that your designers can see at a glance the audience’s usability. For example, a visual sitemap will diagram how the ‘about page’ links to the ‘services page’. It may also show that the ‘services page’ has three child pages detailing those services.

There are several online platforms that can be used to create a digital design map; however, in the preliminary stages, a more traditional option may be to use several Post-It notes so that both you and our team of designers can see easily how you expect your website’s pages to link together.

Remember the aim of your website when mapping it out. Is it to lead to a sale? Is it to prompt an enquiry? Or perhaps to provide an answer to a query to develop your authority? In all instances, you will still want to take users to the information they need quickly and seamlessly. Therefore, try to design an intuitive map with as few obstacles as possible to direct users to their destination, depending on where they arrive at your site.

Getting started with mapping your website

A well-organised sitemap means that your website designers will have a blueprint to produce a successful website. At Real Internet, we cover the whole design process; from initial design to the build and monthly maintenance, we have a team of engineers on hand to support your request. If you would like to find out more about the website design services that Real Internet can provide, please get in touch on 01454 806 570 or contact us here.

 

Do You Love Your Website?

With the current Covid-19 lockdown in place, it may feel that now is not the right time to invest in your website. However, the coronavirus pandemic has made shopping locally more complicated. People are less willing to go to the shops and are more likely to do their shopping online. Being able to sell your products or services online has become particularly important over the last year. That’s why it’s critical for businesses to regularly update their online presence.

As a local retailer, you should see this digital change as an opportunity to grow your own business.  And having an up-to-date digital presence is more important than ever before. Being digital is essential if you don’t lose your customer base during these challenging times. It’s vital to make use of various marketing channels to inform your customers about your current business situation and to pass on information, for example:

  • The current situation in terms of onsite visiting
  • Changing opening hours
  • Service delivery (e.g., a delivery service or click-and-collect)

This is the perfect time to impress your visitors as well as increase the number of visitors who convert to paying clients. There are a few things to consider when thinking about updating your website including:

  1. Do you need to refresh your content? Is everything up to date?
  2. Are your images as good as they can be? Have you got new employees who need to be added to your website? What about the current images of the products you sell or services you offer?
  3. Do you use Facebook and Instagram to talk to your customers? If so, we can add those feeds to your website, so it always shows updated content.

eCommerce Website

Anyone offering products or services should offer a product catalogue that summarises the goods on offer. An online shop is a fantastic way to present your product range in a specially prepared area directly on your website. Over the past few months, we have been developing the online shop for The 90’s Revival, who sell a range of items. We can set up an eCommerce page easily and quickly that will showcase your business. If you’re thinking about giving eCommerce a go for the first time, give us a call and we can talk through your options.

Monthly Maintenance for your Website

As part of our ongoing maintenance on your website, we provide monthly reports that highlight various back-end statistics on how your website is performing. Each month, we would like to concentrate on one website to look at how we could improve those statistics. For example, are you focusing on the right keywords? Can we improve the loading speed of your website by updating images etc? If you would be interested in looking at your website to improve your statistics, give us a call.

Remember, we offer Monthly Maintenance Packages that cover the cost of the regular updates and can include the hosting costs as well.

Special Offers!

We are pleased to announce we have a SPECIAL FIXED PRICE offer running until the end of February only. We will refresh and update your website for £420 and we can spread this cost over monthly payments for you if that would make life easier. This works out a just £35 per month for a shiny, new website!

John Lewis Vouchers. For every potential new client you refer to us, we will give you a voucher worth £50 for John Lewis.

We are here to do anything we can do to help you through these tough times. We are always happy to help.

Call us at Real Internet now.

 

How to Design a Website

The thought of designing your own website may seem daunting. You may wonder where to start and how to get to the end result but don’t worry, we have put together a guide to help make your website a success!

First things first…

Before designing a website, you need to define what the purpose for it will be. For example, will it be an e-commerce site, a blog, a portfolio…? This is very important as it is the first step to creating your perfect site. You will also need to decide on your company branding, what colours you will use to represent the website, what layout you have in mind, and whether content will be text-heavy or more on the visual side.

It is also important to come up with a domain name; this must be unique to your website and represent what it is you are wanting to promote. Make it simple and easy to remember, to allow more driven traffic.

Different ways of designing and building your website

There are various ways to create a website that meets your desires. You can make it yourself from scratch – this is the most difficult way to build a website as it involves a lot of work and is time-consuming. However, it is very rewarding when you see the finished results!

Or, you could use a website design and developer company/agency. It doesn’t matter if you are building a brand new website or looking at updating one that already exists, they will help with your decision. You can usually find a variety of different packages on the websites catered to various levels of requirement, from standard brochure-style, service-based websites to more in-depth e-commerce sites. You get professional help and advice when choosing to design your website with an agency and the process is a lot more straight forward than designing a website yourself as you make all the decisions with none of the work. This saves you time which will be beneficial in the long run.

Other helpful tips

Some other things will need to be done to ensure your website runs smoothly and gets the recognition it deserves. Make sure the website is mobile-friendly is a must. 52% of website traffic is generated from mobile phones, so it is vital that your audience can access your website from their mobile devices.

Also, once it’s up and running, don’t forget to promote your website. This can be via social media, word of mouth or business cards etc. Make sure people know about your website and services and, last but not least, ensure you are using the correct tags and keywords in all the right places to drive traffic to your site.

Want to find out more about designing a website? We are an expert web design agency based in Gloucestershire. Get in touch today to talk through your ideas.