I love helping just people build their website. Sometimes I get paid for it but several times I am helping someone pro bono.
Recently, I was thinking about an answer to this question
“What is something that you think people skip or don’t focus enough on when building sites that would make them better?”
I thought about this a bit. The obvious answer would be accessibility.
But after thinking about this question a bit more, especially for people new to building websites, I think creating a website manifesto is a good idea.
The manifesto is a simple document. It should ideally cover answers to some of these questions.
- Write down what you want your website to do?
- What will be the content going on your website? Eg: photos, blog posts, videos, online store
- How do you want to organize the content? Is there a page structure?
- What are the categories you will use (avoid using more than 8)
- What are the tags you will be using? Write down a tagging policy.
- Who will be your audience and how are you reaching them? (Newsletters, social media, SEO)
- What will be the permalink structure of those pages? Is there a logic to it that can be written down?
- What is the amount I am ready to spend on this website over the next 12 months? (this can be, hosting, Ads, development, design, SEO)
- What is the minimum amount of time I can dedicate to this website and for how long? (eg: 2 hrs a week for the next 12 months)
By no means everything is covered in answers to these 9 questions. There are several more technical questions like figuring out strategies, writing voice, optimization, hosting and more.
But writing down a purpose and what you think you envision into a document helps clarify your ideas and also will help you understand realistically what sort of commitment this would take.