Website design has come a very, very long way in the past decade. The fact remains however, managing the site’s content is not the same as using a Word Processor.
CMS (Content management system) frameworks such as WordPress are very clever, but at the end of the day they’re trying their best to interpret your formatting (eg: the position and size of an image) and turn into a nice clean design and clean code for your website.
1. Learn Wordpress
Your website is being run by WordPress. It’s recommended you spend time learning to use it well. Use trial and error and ask questions. Remember, Google is your friend.
Get familiar with the difference between Text editor and the Visual editor.
Learn how to upload media such as photos and PDF documents.
2. Use minimal text formatting
Only use the formatting dropdown menu. Not the text colour picker.
3. Upload big, bold, beautiful images
Get a good camera. Any of the latest smart phones will normally take good enough pictures to use on a website. Learn some basic tips on how to take better pictures. Here’s a great article that will improve your photography using just your smartphone.
When it comes to editing your images (colour correction and particularly cropping) there are a number of free and cheap image editors out there to choose from. Gimp is a popular free image editor.
Remember, images make up around 50% of your site’s content. If you use dull images, your site is not going to make much of an impression. If you need help creating beautiful images, why not ask us for a quote.
4. Review your writing
The other 50% is text. More and more nowadays website owners are taking ownership of their website’s content. It’s great to see. You can keep prices up-to-date, dates, events, even blog posts but it’s important to remember you are no longer writing an email to one person.
Before you hit that Publish button review your text. Look for typos, grammar and punctuation. Break up your writing into paragraphs. Search online for writing tips. For a little extra effort you can make a big difference.
Neurovision are here to help. We’d prefer see you with a beautiful site, with beautiful images and concise text than not. Within reason we really don’t mind helping out.