Getting Started: Questions for Every Web Project
In planning your web/ecommunications project, having answers to critical questions before you get started will make your project run more smoothly.
Audience: Who are the main, secondary, and even tertiary audiences for your project?
Deadline: When should your web/ecommunication reach your audience?
Goals: What outcomes are you looking for? What do you want your audience to do? What does your website need to do? What technical functionality do you require?
Budget: What is your budget?
Resources: Who has the technical, design, and writing skills to implement your plan? Does the person need to know HTML? Who will maintain your website/Facebook page, etc., and keep it up to date?
Scope: Which vehicles are right for your goals? Do you need a whole new website or will an announcement and PDF on your existing site work?
Photos/Multimedia: How will you obtain photography, video, and other imagery for your project?
Promotion: How will you inform audiences of your web presence?
Web Developer Checklist
A road map for creating or updating your website:
- Choose a platform
- Find a server
- Get a web address
- Create your information architecture
- Write a webscript
- Include keywords and metadata
- Design the look of your website
- Collect multimedia: photos, video, podcasts, etc.
- Develop/program your website or hire help
- Check your website for adherence to University Web Policy and Web Accessibility Policy
- Put your site to the test
- Fact check
- Browser check
- Accessibility check
- Redirect check
- Coding and link validation
- Assess web traffic and effectiveness
- Update pages to optimize search engine results
- On each page, indicate date page was last reviewed/updated
- Review pages at least once a year