We met with Rob Easthope, Front-end Developer to understand the best approach to building a website, to understand what you need to consider and the kind of questions you should be asking to get the most out of your kick off conversations.
What considerations should a client take into account, for a website build?
The infrastructure of the site is key, as this can determine the full build. The more thinking and planning done up front helps the developer understand how the website should be built ahead of time, speeding up the process.
Two key considerations include content and design.
The website's content helps determine page layout and to understand what is required to build specific pages. Ideally this should be complete or at least drafted to help create page templates. A proposed site structure and wire frames also help if they are available.
Another important aspect is the design / look and feel of the site, especially if you already have a defined brand. It is best to have these upfront and could help determine the platform the website is built on, as depending on the CMS you use could limit the flexibility around the design.