There are two basic components to website design: the visual look and feel of
your site and the way that the pages are structured. The very first
step of your process in creating your site should be to determine the structure:
the way the pages of your sites will be organized and where the content will be
displayed within them. Website structure is also referred to as
architecture, and the process is similar to building a house: you
wouldn't want to choose what colors you will paint your rooms, or how the
furniture will be arranged, before you decide the size, shape and location of
Plan a site structure
To begin determining your structure, make a list of all of the content
that you want your site to have, then begin to organize it into categories. To
determine the categories, it is best to imagine yourself as one of two basic
types of site visitors: a member of your congregation, or a prospective member.
Think about visitors' experiences, what it is that they will want to look for,
and how they will want to look for it.
Determine your site's
"look and feel" Surf the Internet for inspiration on what you want your
site's look to be. Look at other temple websites, but don't limit yourself: any
website can give you ideas about the pages' layouts, color palette, font
choices, the use of photos and graphics, and overall tone.
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