Is this your first time making a website? You've probably scoured the Internet looking for the best ways to begin and found a lot of different ways to go with no clear answer. Don't worry! We've compiled a list of things to think about as you get started making your website! List Your Goals What are your goals for your website? List your goals for your website, as well as your ideal timeline for them. What Must be Addressed Now? In developing your website, you may have urgent priorities. It's generally best to test the website enough to ensure you've covered potential problem spots. However, it's possible to work at a faster pace to create the minimum functionality you desire by the deadline you set and fill in the gaps in the near future. Create a multi-phased implementation plan that works through your immediate needs as required and is there for your longer term requirements as well. Addressing Complications As you develop the website, it is natural to run into complications. Do your best to anticipate these and to create contingency plans, especially with more urgent deadlines. What are the best alternative strategies in case you are not able to resolve them? Do you know someone you can call on with more expertise? Create Long Term Partnerships with Developers At some point, you will likely need to work with a web developer/designer if you want to present a more professional storefront. Look for an agency that consistently delivers value to you and creates win-win-win situations for you. Do they work to deliver to your short term and long term requirements? As your web development and marketing needs evolve with your business, look for the right partner for yourself now and in the future.