How to Build the Ultimate Website for Your New Business

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How to  Build the Ultimate Website for Your New Business
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For those starting a new business, you’ll need a site to get it off the ground. If your web design knowledge stops at “must build site,” then these tips will help you tackle this step for your biz!

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1. REPETITION IS A GOOD THING

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Keep your site cohesive by repeating elements throughout the site. This could mean keeping the same font for all headers, using a specific type of bullet point, featuring the same colors, etc.

Keep your site cohesive by repeating elements throughout the site. This could mean keeping the same font for all headers, using a specific type of bullet point, featuring the same colors, etc.

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2. STRESS TEST YOUR DESIGNS

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Test your design with people other than yourself — it usually creates a better experience for everyone! Can someone who is vision-impaired read your design? What about someone with color-blindness?

Test your design with people other than yourself — it usually creates a better experience for everyone! Can someone who is vision-impaired read your design? What about someone with color-blindness?

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3. DESIGN FOR MISTAKES AND SUCCESSES

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Make sure the most important info is loud and clear. And if you ask them to fill out forms or upload information, make it easy for them to catch missed sections or fix other mistakes.

Make sure the most important info is loud and clear. And if you ask them to fill out forms or upload information, make it easy for them to catch missed sections or fix other mistakes.

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4. SEE IF (AND HOW) IT’S WORKING

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Track user behavior to see how people are interacting with your site! The easiest way to get started is with Google Analytics or other analytic tools to see what parts of your design are working.

Track user behavior to see how people are interacting with your site! The easiest way to get started is with Google Analytics or other analytic tools to see what parts of your design are working.

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5. GO FOR A FUNCTIONAL WOW MOMENT

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Having a feature on your site that both draws attention AND encourages interactivity is a great way to catch busy eyes. For example, you can have an animated video explaining your services.

Having a feature on your site that both draws attention AND encourages interactivity is a great way to catch busy eyes. For example, you can have an animated video explaining your services.

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6. OR, KEEP IT SUPER SIMPLE

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If you’re looking to code your own website for the first time, you may like the rising trend in web design that strips everything down to the basics (which is great for anyone just learning HTML!).

If you’re looking to code your own website for the first time, you may like the rising trend in web design that strips everything down to the basics (which is great for anyone just learning HTML!).

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In addition to these tips, our friends at FedEx are sponsoring our HTML + CSS Coding Online Class so you can take it FOR FREE through December 31, 2016. bit.ly/codinghtmlclass

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