Web development is complex, you have to consider several elements to make the project successful. Of course, it demands time, money, and effort on your part. Most clients care about visual design, in-demand features, and the overall website design. However, they rarely think about the content which goes into their website.
What role does content play in your website’s success? Magicdust’s web development wizards have much to say about the relationship between content and creating a website.
We will talk all about content in this post, and discuss why it’s a crucial element of your web development project. Here’s everything we have on how your content can influence your brand.
Project Plans and Web Content
In the initial phase of web development, you have to map out the plan. During this process, content should come up as soon as possible, since it is integral to any web project. You can choose ultimately the best time to deal with content, but know that it’s an important factor and can often affect the website layout and design. If you leave it to the end it can be frustrating if you don’t have the correct layout for your actual content.
Content is part of any web development process. Whether you plan to have your current content written for you or not, there are still things to consider. Think about content formatting, updating or deleting content, and the net effect of the content you have in organic searches.
When is the best time to prepare your content?
As soon as possible. Content planning needs to be in the first phase of the project for practical reasons. Here’s what you stand to gain if you put web content first.
Early Content Preparation and Its Advantages
Content puts your feet on the ground, sets the pace, and makes web development projects become more realistic.
You can start working on your content during the research phase. Research is more effective and tailor-fit if you know what inspires your customers, or appeals to their tastes. You can get a feel of these things as you work through the content and messaging on your website. This will also allow you to find the things which matter most to your market.
It doesn’t end there. Having ready content means your developer will need fewer adjustments later on. Using canned text in wireframing is helpful but if your filler content doesn’t coincide with the length of the actual content, the layout will break and your developer may need to start over to fix it.
Having ready content affects website design in a similar way. If you have the actual content, you can save time on the project. You don’t need to request for restyling or adjustments due to actual length and other factors.
When Content Enters During the Final Phases of Web Development
Website development is a long process which might push content to the back burner repeatedly. When content development enters late into your project, it might have negative repercussions on your timeline.
Content tells the story about your brand. It is the primary method for communicating what you have to offer. Given its significance, it should have as much weight as your web design.
The website layout may require remedial work, or styling might also become a problem once you have the actual content. It’s difficult for designers to style and layout when they don’t have the actual content. Styles and layouts have to be reworked in the absence of actual content.
Fortunately, you can avoid the extra cost and the project delay by putting content first. Once you have the final copy of your content, it’s easier to proceed with the next phase of the development: web design.
Content is Only a Single Element
Preparing content early can keep the project on track. It’s also more convenient for all parties involved. However, there are other aspects to consider like user experience, visual aesthetics, functionality and features.
For your next web development project, Magicdust can guide you through the process to ensure a timely completion of your website.
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