2 | Categorise into your navigation
Your navigation is the bar at the top of your website that has a whole bunch of options of different links you can click on. So, usually it might say ‘Home’, ‘About’, ‘Contact’, etc. This may seem like a small part of the process, but your navigation is really an organisational hub for your entire site. Its where visitors will look to access the information they need, so the titles of your navigation need to be logical, and help point your visitors in the right direction.
You should also try to limit your navigation to 4-5 tabs. For instance, in my church’s current website navigation, there is a whole tab just for ‘Church Rosters’. You can easily fit this information in, but it needs to be ‘filed’ under a more general tab, with other information just like it. So, it could be under a tab titled ‘Resources’ where you can then put other information too, such as Bible studies, sermon recordings, or blog posts.
3 | Design your website on paper first!
This may seem like a total waste of time, but, like anything, planning is key to doing things once and getting them right the first time. In the video tutorial, I show you exactly how I draw out my websites on paper first. This is such a great strategy because rather than just opening up Squarespace and trying to figure out what you want to say, what you want where and then how to do it all at once, we can separate those tasks so you can avoid some major overwhelm. If you’re not a paper-lover, then you could take the same idea and plan out your website on the computer, using something like Publisher or Pages.
The simplest way to draw out what your site will look like is to find a template for your site, and copy the general look of the sample site, but adding in your own words, rough ideas for pictures, icons or logos, and buttons. You can dream a little as to what it might look like, then use the draft you’re making to then go into your website and figure out how to put it all together.