20 Crucial Questions to Ask Before Doing a Website Design

  Herosmyth Staff Original Article URL So, you need a new website. While it’s tempting to immediately take this show on the road, there are a lot of questions you need to ask yourself first so that your new website is built to be exactly what you need for your business. But first, you're probably wondering... Why  do I need to ask these questions? Reason 1: Scope Creep Properly preparing for a website redesign will help you define the project and avoid scope creep, or more tasks getting tacked on to an existing project as it moves along. By first hashing out a specific plan for your website, you can make sure your project stays on-course throughout. Of course, sometimes features come along through the process that you may not have realized were important before the project start, but the more you can determine up front, the better. A good creative agency will help you define these features and requireme

How to Edit Your Own Writing

How to Edit Your Own Writing Writing is hard, but don’t overlook the difficulty — and the importance — of editing your own work before letting others see it. Here’s how. Credit... George Wylesol By  Harry Guinness Published April 7, 2020 Updated April 10, 2020 The secret to good writing is good editing. It’s what separates hastily written, randomly punctuated, incoherent rants from learned polemics and op-eds, and cringe-worthy fan fiction from a critically acclaimed novel. By the time this article is done, I’ll have edited and rewritten each line at least a few times. Here’s how to start editing your own work. Understand that what you write first is a draft It doesn’t matter how good you think you are as a writer — the first words you put on the page are a first draft. Writing is thinking: It’s rare that you’ll know exactly what you’re going to say before you say it. At the end, you need, at the very least, to go back through the draft, tidy everything up and

Four Easy Accessibility Resolutions for the New Year

January 8, 2020 8:34:58 AM EST Resolutions don't have to be unreasonably hard to be effective and worthwhile. Here are four easy resolutions anyone can make this new year to help broaden their knowledge and bridge the digital divide. 1. Brush up on your accessibility knowledge Whether you're already a seasoned accessibility expert or just looking to learn the basics, there are plenty of resources available to help you keep your skills sharp. This year, make a commitment to continue learning in the way that works for you. Here are some resources to help: Accessibility self-paced training courses Accessibility blog Digital Accessibility Newsletter Free accessibility resources 2. Introduce ten people to digital accessibility Good things are better when they're shared. This year, help ten  (or one, or a hundred, whatever number you're comfortable with)  people become aware of some of the benefits and practices of accessibility. You might start by defin

Why do you want to redesign your website?

If you’ve decided that your website needs a redesign, there’s usually some sort of obvious symptom or pain point that you’ve identified. After all, people don’t spend the time and money associated with your typical, months-long website redesign project just for the fun of it, right? Whether the appearance needs a  facelift , the technology is painful to use or the content needs updating, you’re probably here because something led you to the conclusion that you need a web design agency to fix your problem. But before you hire an agency -- even us -- you need to make sure that you’ve covered all your bases and carefully considered what it is that you really need. (That’s what this guide is for!) Because while there are a lot of good reasons to give your website a makeover, there are also a lot of bad ones, too.   “I Just Don’t Like Our Website Anymore...” One of the biggest “issues” that people cite with their website is simply, “I don’t like it anymore.” Designers