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31 Website design tips

31 Website design tips

In March I posted one tip for your website design per day on my Instagram stories. It was a challenge I asked myself to do in order to stay consistent with my IG stories.

In this post I have written all of my 31 tips for website design down for you and you can also watch the video I created in addition with some more explanation for some of the tips.

Some website tips where a little more elaborate and for some I just posted one sentence.

In this post I have written all of my 31 tips for website design down for you and you can also watch the video I created in addition with some more explanation for some of the tips.

How to add a form to your Squarespace website

How to add a form to your Squarespace website

Having a form on your website is very helpful and it can actually be used in many ways.

Squarespace makes it very easy for your to add a simple and beautiful contact form. But you can also do a lot more with Squarespace’s form block. In this video blog post I am showing you what you can do with the form block on Squarespace and you will find some ideas you can do with it below the video as well.

My pre-launch checklist for your Squarespace website

My pre-launch checklist for your Squarespace website

As you might know by now, I love building websites for my clients on Squarespace. And I would - 95% of the time - recommend Squarespace to my clients and also anybody else who wants to build their own website. It is easy to use and update and I love their beautiful and optimized templates. You can read more about why I love Squarespace so much here.

One more reason why I like Squarespace so much is, that they make a lot of things very easy for us, especially for the non techie entrepreneurs among us. Some of the things are very important and you basically just need to double check that everything is done before you launch your website.

Today I have written down a list of things you need to remember before you launch your new website with Squarespace, find my pre-launch checklist for your website, also to download, below!

The exact website design questions I ask my clients

The exact website design questions I ask my clients

Exactly a year ago I wrote a super important blog post for my clients and also for everyone who wants to design their own website, even if it’s only a simple one to start with.

I wrote about all the things you need to know and ask yourself before you design a website. A website is actually not done in a few hours. It needs some planning and proper thought. You want to take your website visitors on a journey around your little web space, your virtual office. So you need to decide beforehand what the aim of the website is and where you want your visitors to go, which answers will they find on your website, etc.

And that is why today I want to share with you the exact questions I ask my clients before we start designing their website and why I ask those questions.

How to set up a form on Squarespace

How to set up a form on Squarespace

Many website owners don’t want to show their email address on their website but use a contact form. It is a great way of not handing out your email address to anyone but also to ask some specific questions like how the person who emails you has heard about your business.

Also when you have a website you most likely want to stay in touch with your users and customers or potential customers. You want to keep them updated about new products or services, sales, special offers, changes, etc. Therefore most businesses are collecting their customers email addresses in one form or the other. There are so many different ways of doing that. But one option is to have a sign up option for a newsletter on your website or your can give away some free content on your website or blog in return for an email address.

Squarespace gives an easy option of setting up a newsletter sign up form, a contact form or any other type of form. And in this post I want to show you how and give you some extra tips.

How to set up Google Analytics on your Squarespace Website

How to set up Google Analytics on your Squarespace Website

When you have a website you should not just let it sit there but you should really use it to your advantage. In order to do that it is good to analyze what is happening on your site, which pages people visit, how long they stay on your site, which blog posts are very popular, where your visitors are coming from etc.

Squarespace in itself provides a very good analytics section (When you are logged into Squarespace you can find an Analytics section on the left) where you can see how many visitors your website gets, where they are coming from, what your popular content is and they even provide an exact activity log.

However overall it is limited and Google Analytics gives you a much more detailed look behind the scenes.

It is super easy to set up on Squarespace and will take you only 5 minutes without needing to find and copy any code!

VAPC Branding and Webdesign

VAPC Branding and Webdesign

I love to help new entrepreneurs start their business venture with branding and webdesign as well as overall brainstorming. Starting with just an idea and a blank sheet of paper which quickly fills up when you think and talk more about the business is such an exciting step in every entrepreneurial life I think. And I love and feel honored that I can be part of this step for a few fellow entrepreneurs.

That was the same with Annika from VAP Consulting as she came to me and told me she had a new business idea for which she already had a name and a logo and she had also started a website but it lacked the professional look. So she was looking for some help with her website and some marketing material.

The business idea was great and I immediately felt excited about it as it was such a good time to start this side of her business. The UAE had decided to implement VAT (value added tax) as of January 2018. So Annika, being an accountant, took the chance and decided to start her own company to help other entrepreneurs with VAT, accounting and other financial services. And I thought the name was even better: VAP Consulting. It relates to her initials but obviously also makes your brain think about VAT.

We sat together and I started asking her a lot of questions about the services she wanted to offer, her competition, her goals and of course her target customer. I told her that we need to create a brand with her existing logo and then design her website. However while talking about her business idea, she told me her target audience would be female entrepreneurs. And we decided that the logo she already had was not targeting woman but was actually a very masculine and may be a little too mainstream. She realized she had to go back and really think about her target customer and the image she wanted to achieve with her brand. We tried to change the colors to her existing logo but were not really convinced. Eventually Annika decided she wanted to start from scratch and go through my whole branding and web design process.

What to think about before designing a website

What to think about before designing a website

Yay, you have decided that you want to have a website. Whether the website will be for yourself or for you company, it doesn't matter you still need to sit down and think about the look, the design and the content before you can actually start building it or giving it to someone else to build it for you.

So what do you need to think about before designing a website?

Difference between a blog and a website

Difference between a blog and a website

Hi everyone,

it's Monday again and time for my next blog post!

This time it's about another topic that I really wanted to address and write about as I get this question asked so many times from my clients. What is actually the difference between a website and a blog?

People get confused about this a lot and when I am working with a client and we mix the words blog and website all the time, there is bound to be confusion and misunderstandings. So today I want shed some light on this and explain the difference between a blog and a website to you.

Not only for the end-user but also for a website/blog owner. And I hope this will help you all and my future clients to have less misunderstandings.