If you’ve tried to build a website on your own before, you’ve probably realized that there’s a heck of a lot more involved in it than you might have thought in the first place.
(i.e., it’s not really just dragging and dropping, no matter what people might tell you.)
Can you relate?
Here’s the thing: building and designing a website doesn’t need to be this huge, complicated thing. But, building and designing a website does need to use a blend of strategy, design, and content in order to be as effective as it could be. That means that there is more to it than the drag of a mouse and the drop of a click.
Enter: wireframing, an integral step in our process that needs to be an integral step in yours. Let me explain.
Wait… What Is Wireframing?
When it comes to wireframing, I like to describe it to people as a website blueprint that shows you where things need to go. A wireframe provides a map for you to copy and follow along with while you build your website, and it shows you exactly how you need to structure everything from your copy to your design.
Wireframing is a key process to start on *before* you make any design choices, and it’s how you can decide on everything from your site’s navigation to its user-friendliness. There are a couple of ways to do it, too — and it’s all up to you to choose how you want to do it! At Uno Dos Trae, we tend to wireframe sites using simple platforms like Google Docs, and then build the design elements out further with a program called Figma.
Why Wireframing Is Important For Web Design
There are so many reasons that wireframing is important for web design, but the most important reason is simple: wireframing allows you to structure and design your website for maximum impact. When you wireframe your website you can intentionally create room for design, you can be really strategic with your words, and you can map out a site that looks as great as it performs.
When you don’t start a website project with a wireframe, you’ll likely end up with a design that’s cluttered or confused — which is the opposite of what you want for your site design. When you focus on the design first, it’s really easy to overlook the features, content, and elements necessary for actually helping you reach your site and business goals.
Our Favorite Tips + Tricks
Once you’ve decided it’s time to design your website, it’s time to wireframe it. If you’re wondering how to do it, I’ve got you. Here are 3 steps we always use at Uno Dos Trae to create a killer website wireframe:
Define your website goals:
Before you can design a great website, you have to know what that website needs to do — which is where setting goals for it comes into play. Is your website there to capture more leads? Do you want your site to bring in more passive income? Do you want to share more about your services or mission? Do you want to do a little bit of everything? No matter what it is, make sure you write it down. Understanding and defining your website goals is absolutely essential to making them reachable. Now, as you wireframe, keep that list of goals close — and make sure that you’re building a structure that will actually help you reach those goals.
Picture the customer journey
When you’re designing a website, you want it to take your customer along some sort of journey that typically ends in making contact with you (or a purchase!). In order to make sure that that happens, you need to wireframe your site with the customer journey in mind! Step into your customer’s shoes, and start mapping it out. What’s the first step they need to take when they land on your homepage? Where do they need to go next? Is it intuitive? Does it make sense? Continue along that same thought pattern during your entire wireframing process, making sure you’re truly designing in a way that makes sense to anyone who navigates through it.
Once you’ve built a wireframe that speaks to your website goals and creates a solid customer journey, you can get to designing! Using your wireframe as a guide, move through your site design page by page. It’s so much easier, so much more impactful, and so much less stressful to get designing when you have a blueprint at your side.
Building and designing a website is one of the most important — and fun! — steps you can take as an entrepreneur. The right website can completely transform your business, and we’re here to help you do it well. If you want a step-by-step guide to website design that *works,* Website Blitz is for you. Hop on the waitlist and stay tuned!