Where To Start
When considering a new website - either a brand new presence on the web or a redesign of an old site - the first thing you do is decide on what direction you want to go in presenting your company - a basic concept. A large portion of this direction is certainly determined by your business profile. The more detail you can give us, the better equipped we will be to offer you a detailed estimate.
Once Monterey Bay Design receives your signed agreement and deposit, design and construction of your site can begin. (Though it is preferable to have all information in hand first, site construction can begin with even a limited amount of compiled data.) We will send you a helpful checklist that will help us dial in your design. We will ask you about your concept here - do you have a color scheme in mind? Are there any colors you don't like? What sites have you seen that make you say, "I want my site to do that!"? What message do you wish to convey and who is your audience?
You can start gathering (or creating new) information that is representative of your or your company. This includes relevant text such as mission statements, copy about who you are and what you do that is suitable for an "About" page or your Home page/landing page, brochures, catalogues, staff biographies, pictures, etc. As much as possible should be in an electronic format. i.e. If images are not digital, they should be scanned, and all text should be emailed or in a format such as docx, txt, etc.
When you write your text, you should consider keywords: what words or phrases will people "Google" when they are searching for what you have? And what words are particularly relevant to the page you are writing for?
All copy should be provided in its final form for each required page and proofread before it is submitted.