Sometimes I think people’s biggest mistake when getting a new website or even launching their first website is that they simply do not prepare for it. Even with my design clients and my new WEBSITE TEMPLATES, I genuinely want them to take the proper steps before ensuring they have a site that reflects them. So, […]

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8 Things You Should Do Before Creating a Website

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Sometimes I think people’s biggest mistake when getting a new website or even launching their first website is that they simply do not prepare for it. Even with my design clients and my new WEBSITE TEMPLATES, I genuinely want them to take the proper steps before ensuring they have a site that reflects them. So, today I’m chatting about the 8 things you need to do before creating a website!

P.S. If this is something you want to learn more about I encourage you to join my FREE 5-Day Email Course on how to plan for your new website which pairs with my new Website Content Planner HERE!. In the course, I will be elaborating more on the steps below in more detail, along with some other goodies. So feel free to read below and sign up after!


By far the most crucial step when getting a new website. Why? This could be an eye-opening experience to see what others see, how others move, and what exactly they are searching, clicking, and experiencing.


You can use Screen Recording Sessions, Heat Maps, and Site Flows to track and see exactly what your visitors are clicking, and reading, and when they are exiting. I have tried HOTJAR, FULLSTORY, and SUMO for testing and recommend anyone who currently has a site they plan to re-launch. It’s a great opportunity to get some insight into what you may want to keep or remove on your new site.


This is so huge. They recommend (IN THIS BOOK) to do your research first before even thinking about designing or developing a site. Why? Because you’ll truly understand who your ideal visitor is, what problems they are looking to solve, what terms they might be searching for, and even why they left your site. You can use Interviews (from past clients and customers), you can use a website feedback button for visitors to easily send you issues or rate the experience, or you can create polls and surveys to help you understand why people are visiting your site.


You may have heard the word ‘avatar’ before, but, when it comes to websites, an avatar is your ideal client or customer profile. This avatar profile will help you stay focused on who you are trying to serve on your website. As you move into the next steps, you’ll be able to stay on track with your website goals. Think about what they do, where they spend their time online, what their struggles are, etc..


This is creating a wireframe and overview of what pages you will have on your site and what to include within each. When I was doing this for my new Design Shop, I truly had to think about what I wanted the Navigation to be and the best way to layout each ‘section’ of my shop without making it too confusing.

It helps to list out all of the pages you need, then in order (and based on your research above) to prioritize the pages on what is most important. Keep in mind that the navigation is crucial to keep simple and needs to include what you can do for them (services) who you are (about) ways you can help build trust (blog and testimonials) and how they can reach you (contact).


Point blank, are you clearly showing your ideal client and customer how you’ll guide them to solve their problem? I also love THIS BOOK for insight on sales. TIP: The first thing they should read on your site is not necessarily your product or service, but establishing a connection with them letting them know you understand their struggle…then sharing with them how you can help (with your product or service).


With the previous steps, it’s important to pull those keywords and terms that keep popping up. From your research phase and your ideal client or customer avatar…what words and phrases work with your message? Try to understand and establish a group of keywords and possible terms that you can use to not only connect with your visitors but use in your site content and your SEO for them to find you.


As you know, a good website typically has an established brand style. That means there aren’t 5 different bright colors everywhere, 8 different font styles, and a random mix of images. To help play into your message and your overall story it’s key to establish (before even designing a site or buying a template theme) your color palette, fonts, and brand style.

Simply keep in mind that you should narrow down a simple color palette (2 main colors, 2 neutrals), 2-3 fonts for your site, and of course, consistent and branded images help.

– How to create a Color Palette HERE –

– How to Find Fonts That Reflect Your Style –

– How your fonts can attract your ideal client –


This is obvious, but please, please create your content before you hire a designer and even before implementing and customizing a theme. I’ve had this happen to me so much with past clients where they just re-use old content for their service or about page.. which I design it around, to find out they didn’t put the time in to make it work for them (or their avatar) and end up needing to re-design down the road.

P.S. I have a super-detailed and guided WEBSITE CONTENT PLANNER that dives into a lot of these points.


That means, make sure you have your domain info (user/login), your hosting info (if different), and where your emails are hosted (which could be different too). Do a full backup of your old site or emails if you have to. If you plan to move hosting companies and have your emails on theirs, chances are you will have a bit of downtime when transferring. Along with that, if you change your domain, make sure to set up the correct 301 re-directs so ppl are not being sent to a 404 or bad page.

Last, but not least, start preparing for your LAUNCH! I have a free launch starter workbook that you can download and use to help prep and plan for the launch!

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  1. Sherry says:

    Such helpful information. Thanks!

  2. LaToya says:

    Thank you for taking the time to put this together for us.