Creating WordPress Blog Site with a Web Designer
If you like to hire a web designer to create a WordPress website for you, then you need to share certain information for your designer.
Here is the check list for the site owner before you agree on any design work. This list for website owners who do not know much about technical aspect of the blog design work.
- Buy a domain name under your name and provide the domain info.
You need to provide domain provider login information in order to set up DNS entry for your site. Read more info here
If your domain name needs to transfer a hosting area ( if this is the case; from one to another hosting area)you need to supply domain company information such as godaddy.com or 1and1.com, customer ID and password in order to set up correct DNS setting.
- Buy a hosting package under your name and make sure that your hosting package supports PHP5. Give hosting package information; to understand what your hosting supports ( program languages such as php5 or others). If you do not like to share your hosting login information, in this case you need to supply two information: 1 – mySQL database information 2 - FTP account information.
Here is the important fact: if you do not know what is mySQL database and FTP and still do not want to give hosting information to your designer for security reason, no designer can create a blog site for you. Because someone has to create mySQL database and install WordPress into your server. Either you can do this yourself or learn to trust your designer.
- To publish the website online FTP account information: user name and password. In order to upload files on your site, the designer needs this information.
- If you are aiming to sell anything via PayPal on your blog site, you need to supply PayPal payment HTML button code to your designer.
- Supply to you designer your blog tagline (a short slogan, a descriptive information about the site).
- Supply a few good keywords related to your website ( as a result you are the owner of the site and your business, you can have much better idea, how people would search about your site online, then share that search terms with your designer).
- If you want Social network buttons in your blog ; Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Flickr, Linkedin then supply URL address and user name.
Such as DesignbyNur Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/DesignbyNur/170915639624417
- Describe what you want as your blog to your designer, make a draft, a sketch, or even better show sample web sites online. Be aware colors and fonts are limited on the web.
- Specify website colors to your designer. If you prefer any specific color for your web site design, such as page background color, banner color, headline font colors, link colors; you can look at web safe color chart here.
- Describe what layout you prefer for your blog such as: center one page style, two column, 3 column style, full page style. You can look at a sample web page elements here
- Specify navigation page link names (Link names such as: About us, Services, Gallery, Products, Contact, etc.)
- Provide the page content to your designer. Your text can be long or short. If it is too long, you can send it as PDF.
- Photos that you like to use them on the website (photos of your products, and business, or your own photos).
- Site title: A short sentence, one line. This will be place on search engines too, so choose something informative.
- Site Description (Tagline): A brief description or a slogan.
- Supply your current email address and an alternative email address like gmail account. Specify which email account you like to use in your blog.
- If you like to connect with your designer online and do screen share with her or him it is easy to use SKYPE for online meetings, just download it ( it is free for PC and MAC users) and give your SKYPE ID to your designer.
What materials you can share with your designer?
For custom web blog design you should bring all your material to your designer. (You can either email them, share via drop box or send in a CDDVD)
• Your logo (if you have one, if it is personal website, you can skip it)
• Brochure, catalog other printed materials related to your business
• Audio file (if you would like to add speech, sound recording as an introduction to your site)
• Video file (if you have a movie, YouTube video related your business)
• Articles (short articles for your navigation pages such as; about us, services, our products, etc.)
• Photos (photos of your products, and business, or your own photos)
• Graphics (anything related to your business, sketch of your company map, graph charts etc.)
• News articles, other printed materials or online advertisements ( if you have any)
Keep in mind too much information might not be a wise choice for a new website. Long articles are hard to read online, if you have long text documents, it is better to put these files as pdf, so visitors can download, print and read it in their free time. Select your data, share only necessary ones.
To avoid copyright problems only use your own photos or buy stock images, never use any music or video file without permission.
If you are not familiar with technical terms here, please look up the word on the web glossary here