I get requests often to get a website up and running fast. My usual turn-around is faster than most as I can usually get a full site up and running in around 4-5 days. There are times though when you need a site fast and with WordPress you can get a pretty decent site up and running pretty quickly.
If you’d like me to fast-track a site for you I would be happy to do so, but you have to remember that special requests like that come with higher price points. If you are interested in a DIY website you can get done on your own in around 15 minutes you should check out my turnkey website service to build your own website fast.
5 Steps to get your site done fast
If you are looking to get your site up fast, there are a few things you can do to speed up the process. The more ground work you can get done before you start the faster you can get your site on line.
Step 1: Get Organized: First off create a folder or your desktop where you are going to save everything. Now its time to figure out how you want your site structured by creating a site map. You can do this with a sophisticated flowchart from Word or you can do it as simply as creating a bullet list. Make a list of the pages you want on your site and what parent/child relationship the pages would have.
Here’s a simple example from a lawyer website:
- About Our Firm
- Lawyer Profile 1
- Lawyer Profile 2
- Paralegal Profile
- Practice Areas
- Criminal Law
Consider all the pages you might need, including terms of service, privacy policies or disclaimers. Save the site map your your folder.
Step 2: Develop Your Content: Content is King and the first thing you should focus your biggest efforts on is developing your content. If there is anything that stops a site cold it is lack of content. Content is everything, it is what drives your site, it is what determines your graphics, it is what people will talk about when they visit your site and most of all content is what will drive your SEO and make your site visible to the world.
The first thing you’ll want to do is think about the keyword or keyword phrase you are trying to score well on with the search engines and make sure that you use it in the title, and that it appears fairly regularly but naturally in the content of your page. If you start our writing your content with SEO in mind you will save yourself a ton of work For SEO you will want to think of your SEO keyword, the Meta Title and the Meta Description and include them at the top of each page.
If there is anything that stops a site cold it is lack of content. Content is everything, it is what drives your site, it is what determines your graphics, it is what people will talk about when they visit your site and most of all content is what will drive your SEO and make your site visible to the world.
Using your keyword data and site map start to write your content, even if it ‘s not exactly the way you want it just start writing because with WordPress you can edit your content super fast and really easily when you want to come back and refine the site. While you are writing keep in mind the use of sub-headings and quotes if you need them. To perform well on the search engines you will want to write a minimum of 300 words
Save the pages in your folder.
Step 3: Get Some Pictures: Now that you have your content it’s time to find your pictures. There area bunch of places to find pictures on the internet just be sure that the pictures you are using are Creative Commons images or that you purchase the rights to use those pictures from a stock photo service like 123rf.com or istockphoto.com. Using copyrighted material can get you in a ton of trouble and there is a certain photo house out there that will literally ruin your life if you illegally use one of their images.
When you download an image save it in your folder, and make sure you change the file name. A little used SEO tactic is to place your keyword in the file name of the image. Consider renaming your image with the page name and then short descriptive text. That will make finding your image that much easier as you build your pages. For example the image DSC204827134.jpg doesn’t say much to you or your designer, but Home-ACME Widgets Inc Store Front.jpg tells your designer that this picture belongs on the home page and it is a picture of your store front.
If you have a gallery place all of the images that will go in the gallery in a separate folder inside your working folder.
Step 4: Get All The Details: Get all of your contact information and your details together for your contact page. If you are going to have a contact form, decide right now what information you need to collect. If you are offering a newsletter have that information ready. Do you have Facebook, Twitter or Google + accounts? make sure you add all of that information to the file.
Make sure you include any logos and make sure you name them accordingly. If you have any downloadable material include that, anything you can think of in advance will save you tons of time.
Step 5: Finally The Design: Think about your layout desires and what you would like your site to look like. Make a list of sites you like or sites you would like to emulate. If you found a WordPress theme you like make a note of that so your designer can emulate it or install it.
Get the whole package together and send it to me!
With that information I can have your site up and running in about 15 minutes and you will be able to go live within a couple of hours. Don’t worry if its not perfect, we can always tweak it as we go because WordPress makes editing and revising your design and content a breeze!