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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.

 

How Does Website Design Help Companies?

Your website is an integral part of your company’s online presence, and therefore, it must be designed right. Without proper website design, prospective leads will bounce off your site as soon as they land because of poor user experience. A beautifully designed website will benefit your audience and business, so here’s why you should invest in it.

Website design and brand image

Your website reflects your company’s brand. It is among the first things visitors look at when learning about your company, so it helps to form the vital first impression. The colours, images, and even fonts you use matter, so carefully think about what message you are trying to send.

It adds to your search engine optimisation (SEO) strategy

Your website design elements affect how you publish content on your website, and that affects how search engine spiders crawl your site. This is extremely important for visibility because it affects the ranking of your site on SERPs. Other than how content is published, a well-designed website makes the user experience so much more pleasant. Since user experience is integral to SEO, it helps your website rank higher on results pages.

It builds trust with your audience

Like we mentioned earlier, your website forms a long-lasting first impression. An outdated and poorly designed website speaks negatively about your company and may cause customers to view your company as unreliable. Therefore, it is important that you build trust with your audience by ensuring that your site is easy to navigate and always updated.

Good website design creates consistency

When building your brand, consistency is key. It helps your customers and audience recognise your brand easily so that they can choose you when they are ready to buy. Web designers help you create consistency across your website’s pages by maintaining the same layout, colours, fonts, etc.

Your competitors are doing it

Many companies now understand the value of web design and are using it to their advantage. By simply making their websites more appealing, they are attracting more leads. If you want to remain competitive, then you must also follow suit. Otherwise, you lose leads to your competition.

For more information about web design, contact us today.

 

 

What is web design?

Web design is a general term which describes the tasks involved in creating a web page. From the smallest personal blog to a complex company website, it is important to have a well-designed website that is easy to navigate. More specifically, web design refers to building a website’s “front-end”, or the parts of a web page which customers and browsers interact with.

Your website is the portal to your company success

The sheer volume of web pages show information using many different technologies linked together with hyperlinks. Web pages have two basic aspects to them. The first is a user interface, usually visual, whilst the second aspect is the “back-end” that includes the technical information. A good web design company understands both these elements and can design a website which will drive traffic to a company or individual.

Real Internet – Your one-stop shop for web design

When choosing a web design company, it is important to hire one that has relevant experience and expertise. Real Internet, based in Gloucestershire, is a web design company with a client base that covers Bristol and the South West. We offer affordable services to a diverse range of customers with a variety of needs.

Here, at Real Internet, we are passionate about designing websites that work for customers and are practical, responsive, and attractive. With our vast WordPress experience, Real Internet can build websites and incorporate plugins to give you all the options you need. We can also import your WordPress website directly into our own hosting. We use high-speed, dedicated, and secure servers. Our clients are fully protected from hacking attempts and data loss.

We offer the full web design process, from initial design to the build and publishing online. We also provide monthly maintenance packages, giving you and your business a complete end-to-end website service. Trust Real Internet for all your web design needs.

Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you to create an effective web presence for your business.

How do you define your target audience?

How do you approach your website design and digital marketing?

While some will simply create a website and hope for the best, there’s a better way. By first defining your target audience – a more specific, targeted group of people that you want to reach – you can increase the chances of a good return on marketing investment.

What is a target audience?

To define your target audience, you need to look at a variety of demographic factors to establish the type of people that are most likely to be interested in your product or service. These factors could include:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Marital status/whether they have children
  • Income
  • Profession
  • Education level
  • Location

Once you have established the types of people that are most likely to buy from you, you can start to work on marketing campaigns and methods, and the best style of communications that speaks to your audience. You have to make the target market aware that this product or service exactly what they need or want.

How to define your target audience

Defining your target audience is all about research. There are several different ways to work out who your target audience is, and the methods you choose will vary from company to company. These could include:

  1. Analyse your existing customers. Do you know who they are and whether there are any commonalities? If you don’t currently have demographic information about your existing customer base, consider adding questions to newsletter sign up forms, or use analysis tools to look at your social media following to find out who they are.

  2. Conduct a review of your competitors. Do you know who your biggest business competitors are? The likelihood is that their customer base will be the same target audience as yours. Analyse any information you have about their customers to help you to define your target audience.

  3. Look at customer needs/pain points. Which needs or pain points does your product aim to address? If you’re providing virtual PA services, for example, you’ll be aiming to target the owners of small businesses that don’t have this function in-house.

You may well find that you have multiple target audiences – perhaps, different audiences for different products, or different potential audiences for the same product, depending on how it is used. That’s why it’s so vital that you do your research, ensuring that your audience is clearly defined to give you the best chance of success.

For all web design services that help you get results from your target audience, contact Real Internet today.

 

 

What is Digital Marketing?

The modern business world is a fast-moving place where companies have to be able to move with it. This is especially true in marketing, where new ways of reaching consumers are always emerging. One very popular method now is digital marketing. Most people have heard of this – but not everyone understands what it actually involves. It really is worth getting to grips with though, as it is a very important part of building your business in the modern age.

What is digital marketing?

In simple terms, digital marketing is any marketing that a company conducts online. This is the main way it differs from offline or print marketing, such as mailing letters, handing out flyers or putting up posters. Digital marketing happens only over the internet and uses online connectivity to work. Online tools like Google Analytics are also available to help track your digital campaigns and get the best return from them.

What are the most common forms of digital marketing?

When asking ‘what is digital marketing?’, it is worth pinning down what particular types of digital marketing there are and the online channels companies mostly use, although this is constantly evolving.

The most common forms of digital marketing you may come into contact with are web page content, blog posts and social media posts. Businesses use platforms like Facebook or Twitter, as well as their own company blog, to engage with consumers, and usually to signpost them back to their website in a carefully constructed way to help convert them into customers or subscribers. Email marketing is also very popular and allows organisations to easily communicate with consumers to generate leads via signposting them back to a targeted web page.

Paid advertising via channels like Google Ads is also commonly used by many companies now. This is where you pay for custom adverts to be shown when people search for selected terms. As a result, it can really help drive more traffic to your site and subsequently, more sales. Understanding SEO (search engine optimisation) is the key to online marketing. This refers to optimising your website with targeted keywords as well as easily navigable and readable layouts and content so that it shows up higher in search engine results.

Why use digital marketing?

This is the big question for all businesses. Digital marketing is a way of connecting with people that comes with a range of benefits which include:

  • low or no cost (social media accounts are free to use for example; the only cost is in time/staff to carry it out)
  • superb ROI (due to there being zero or low costs to run digital campaigns)
  • digital channels are easy to use and keep track of
  • allows you to engage consumers in a way they value and prefer

As you can see, this form of marketing comes with some great reasons to recommend it!

Contact Real Internet for more digital marketing help

Here at Real Internet, we have helped many businesses around the Bristol and Gloucestershire area get up to speed with digital marketing. While things like SEO website design and social media marketing are easy to grasp, you may need some extra assistance to use them effectively. Get in touch today on 01454 806570 for more details.

What is SEO in Digital Marketing?

Digital marketing refers to the process of using the internet and other digital media channels to promote a product, service or business. Search Engine Optimisation – more commonly known as SEO – is one of the most popular forms of digital marketing.

SEO is the process of increasing high-quality targeted traffic (visitors) to a website from search engines such as Google and Bing. SEO works by increasing a website’s visibility on search engine results pages (SERPS) when someone searches for a word or phrase (keyword) that relates to the product or service offered by the website.

There are many reasons why SEO is such a popular method of digital marketing. Firstly, the traffic is completely free, unlike PPC or media buying where each visitor has to be acquired. Secondly, the traffic is highly targeted because the visitors you acquire through SEO are specifically searching for the product or service that you offer. This makes SEO an inbound marketing method.

How do you successfully optimise a website?

Fundamentally, SEO can be broken down into on-site and off-site optimisation. The first part of on-site optimisation is ensuring the keyword(s) you want to rank for are placed strategically on the pages you wish to rank. This tells Google that you are serving the content that the prospect is searching for. The second part of on-site optimisation is ensuring your webpage is well coded, device responsive and fast. Your web designer or web design company should help you with that.

Off-site optimisation generally refers to showcasing that you are a trustworthy website, this can be done by obtaining backlinks from trusted sources and ensuring business listings and data such as name, address and postcode (NAPs) are accurate everywhere.

If you have a brick-and-mortar business or a business with a physical location/office, ensuring you have accurate profiles setup on business listing sites, such as Google My Business and Bing Places, is essential to ensure you rank for local search terms that provide map results. An example of a local search term could be ‘website design Gloucester’ or ‘website design near me’.

There is no better method of driving targeted traffic to your website than SEO, so we suggest you speak to us to ensure your site is fully optimised and ready to rank at the top of Google.

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.

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Keeping IT Real

M6 GrM6-Group-Logooup of Companies

Back in August, we were approached by our client, M6 Group, to bring their websites up to date. We started working on a major revamp and upgrade a couple of weeks ago.

M6 Group is a commercial vehicle hire and servicing company and they have two websites, their main M6 Group website and Birmingham Test Centre website. Both websites were looking outdated with old images and out of date text. We are working through the websites to give them a new look and new feel, and lots of new content that talks about what they do, and how they add value to the service they provide for their customers.

So far, we have written the new content for the M6 website, and the build is coming along really well, it’s looking smart and modern, which is what they needed. Unfortunately, the person that we’ve been working closely with, Jules, who is their vehicle hire manager, fell out of a lorry the week before last and broke her arm! So, now she’s sending us stuff whilst typing very, very slowly, one finger at a time. We send her our best wishes and a speedy recovery.

We will keep you posted on how the new build goes, and once everything is up and running,  we will let everybody know so you can have a look at their smart new website.

Raysfield Pre-School Cartoon-lion-preschool-logo

A few weeks ago, Raysfield Pre-School approached us with problems they were having adding content on to their website. One of the benefits of having a WordPress website is that it’s a content management system, which means you have access to it, and you can make changes yourself if you need to.

Unfortunately, Raysfield’s website theme had been updated a few years ago by somebody else, not us, to a theme that is no longer supported and the person who did it is no longer available. This put the Pre-School in a situation whereby it was becoming increasingly difficult for them to update the website.

So, they asked us if we would have a look at it and fix the problems for them. We agreed that we could fix it, but the main issue was that the theme was no longer being updated, which meant that as time went on, they would encounter more and more problems. As they are a charity, we offered to update the website theme and move everything over so that the situation wouldn’t happen again, free of charge. The website is now up and running, take a look here.

Monthly Website Reports 

We have been issuing the Monthly Website Reports for a while now, and, although we did write a blog about them back in July 2019, we thought it was about time we talked through the reports with you to explain in more detail what it all means.

This is a very brief summary of what your Report includes.

  • It contains data about updates, analytics and security.
  • It can help you track website traffic, and you can use it to identify areas for improvement, for example, how to convert more website visitors to sales leads.
  • It tells you how fast your website loads as well as the number of pages a visitor views.

Starting from the end of this month when we send out October’s reports, we will be ringing around everybody to talk through them with you, what it all means and how we can help you move forward in your businesses.

We hope the Monthly Website Report is clear and easy to understand, but contact us if you would like more information or to discuss how we can support you over the next few months.

HTML vs WordPress

What’s the difference between an HTML and a WordPress website?

All businesses know how crucial it is to have their own website in the modern world. Whether it is to help with your digital marketing plans or boost sales, a decent website is worth its weight in gold. This is not always an easy area to grasp, though, if web design is not your forte. One thing which confuses many people is the difference between an HTML and a WordPress site. But how do they differ?

HTML vs WordPress – the major difference

The first thing to know is that they are two entirely different things! HTML is a coding language which web developers use to create static web pages. WordPress, however, is a content management system. These systems allow users to create, edit and publish content online. As a result, they can also be used as a platform to develop effective websites.

But in what other key areas do these two differ?

WordPress is easier to use

If you use HTML to build your website, you will need to have learnt and become proficient at coding in this language first. Even if someone else builds the site in HTML for you, you will not be able to update or change it without coding experience. WordPress, on the other hand, requires no previous coding skills and is, therefore, much simpler to use. Even business owners with no specialist IT knowledge can use its intuitive interface to manage their site.

WordPress has multiple templates and plug-ins to use

An HTML website will have to be built from scratch, and the static web pages coded one by one. This is time-consuming and laborious – especially if you have to de-bug pages which do not work as intended! WordPress sites, on the other hand, come with multiple templates you can use. This not only makes the design process quicker and less costly, but it also gives business owners a wide choice of creative themes to use. WordPress also contains plug-ins which HTML does not. To make your HTML site more dynamic and feature-rich, you would have to code it all in manually. With a WordPress site, pre-configured and easy to install plug-ins make this much more straightforward.

WordPress sites can be quicker

All business owners know that responsive sites with fast load times are essential. Another advantage WordPress websites have is they are usually quicker than HTML ones. This means they will give a better user experience and people stick around on your site for longer.

Awesome web design around Gloucestershire and Bristol

If you need expert website design around Gloucestershire and Bristol, contact Real Internet on 01454 806570. We have many years of experience building lightning-fast, responsive websites which look amazing. Get in touch today for more details.

5 Good Reasons Why You Need a Responsive Website

In today’s world, there’s a vast majority of users out there accessing the Internet via smartphones and tablets, rather than a laptop or desktop computer. So if your website appears clunky, and difficult to use on their device, they’ll simply leave your site and shop elsewhere.

What is Responsive Web Design?

It’s a coding technique web developers apply to the build of a website design so that, regardless of the device that is being used, the website will respond and adjust to the screen size. A responsive website design is easy to navigate on any device and will deliver a great user experience, resulting in happy customers and increased sales.

Here are 5 very good reasons why your website should be responsive.

One Size Fits All 

A responsive web design will adapt to different screens automatically. It cleverly detects the user’s screen size and resolutions, and then generates the best possible output for that device.

Seamless Experience 

Mobile friendly versions of websites are often simplified versions of the parent website. This can often be really frustrating when a user jumps from their mobile, to their laptop and gets a completely different screen. A responsive web design will provide a consistent look and feel.

Cost Effective

Instead of owning and maintaining multiple websites for different devices, a responsive website, its content, and imagery, only needs to be maintained once.

Customised Marketing

Multiple versions of the same website can make marketing campaigns onerous. However, with a responsive website and valuable data from Google Analytics, the web pages can be highly customised.

Reduced Bounce Rate

High bounce rates are frowned on by search engines. Responsive websites achieve a lower bounce rate compared to their non-responsive counterparts. They load quickly and will keep users on your page.

At Real Internet, we offer affordable web design services that cover the South West UK. We are a creative and passionate team, that deliver thoughtful, well designed, responsive websites from start to finish. We love to talk responsive so contact us today.