How We Build a Website – Step by Step

Purchasing a new website is a bit of a mystery. Even after you've chosen a Web Developer and defined your project, you may not know how your website is being built. Every company and every project is unique in some ways and so processes vary, not only by developer and agency, but also from project to project. Yet some steps remain constant. Wondering how we build websites? Wonder no longer. Here's our creative process, step by step.

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Telos Ventures

We at Rystedt Creative resonate with Telos' vision to better the world through business ventures that are stewarded wisely and multiply resources. Telos resonated with our approach to web development. So we built a new website together.

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Using a Website Template or WYSIWYG Website Builder? Don’t Forget to Tie Up These Loose Ends

Few websites are built without some kind of templating. Even web developers use low level templating to organize their code and streamline their development process. If you’re building your own website you’re probably using a visual template for your website (often called a theme). You may even be using a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) drag and drop web builder (like what is offered by WordPress’ Gutenberg, Wix, or Weebly). But there is an inherent danger when using website templates - forgetting to make them uniquely yours. You don’t want someone visiting your website only to find some content they have seen on a similar looking site elsewhere. If you find this article helpful consider giving it a share ? Once you’ve completed your first draft with your website template don’t forget to tie up these loose ends: Boilerplate Most web templates include some static text meant to get you started, explain the purpose of the template page, or give you instructions on how to use that page template. Don’t forget to replace or edit this text. Your best bet, read it and then delete it and write the content for your own page. You don’t want boilerplate on your site. Even if the homepage template’s text sounds like it's gold you don’t want to run the risk of sounding like someone else, publishing duplicate content, or being noticed for being identical to another site. Write your own content or hire a copywriter to write uniquely great content for your site. Default stock photos You want your website to look great. Hey, we get it. You don’t have the time or equipment to take photos as great as the stock photos included in…

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Get Your Time Back and Reduce Your Stress with a Web Maintenance and Support Retainer

Maintaining a website is no easy task. From security to backups and software updates to new content, a website can consume a lot of your time. Worse, if you aren’t a web professional, maintaining your website may become yet another stressor. No wonder so many small businesses and nonprofits leave their websites unattended for months (or even years). Your website isn’t a billboard or a Yellow Pages listing - it doesn’t perform well if it is just created and then left behind. Your website is more like a digital storefront or office. It doesn’t only exist to be seen. As a digital location for your business your website also needs to maintained, secured, visited, and shopped. But are you the guy or girl to do it? If you haven’t been maintaining your website it’s about time to leverage it and get noticed. If you have been maintaining your site but it’s taking too much out of you it’s about time to delegate. A web maintenance and support retainer with a web professional may be just the thing you need to get the most out of both your website and your time. [text_with_frame id="368c1dbfefba91dceb946d322e0e86bc" content="‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›em‹˜›If you find this article helpful consider giving it a share‹¯›nbsp;‹¨›/em‹˜›?‹¨›/p‹˜›" line_color="rgba(0,0,0,.07)" text_font="body" heading_font="heading" animation="none" animation_speed="2" animation_delay="0" __fw_editor_shortcodes_id="e6852c2dacc162bc8c34ba646905e841" _fw_coder="aggressive"][/text_with_frame] Why Did You Launch Your Website? Perhaps you launched your website to drive more leads to your business. Maybe it was to invite more foot traffic to your storefront. Or maybe it was just so you would be perceived more professionally when people searched for you. (Why did you launch your website? Let us know in the comments below.) Regardless of the reason, you need to get back…

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Should I Let AI Build My Website?

What is AI? “AI” stands for Artificial Intelligence. But what is that, really? What People Think AI Is:   What Developers Want AI to Be:   What AI Actually Is (to date): Alright, humor aside, here’s what AI actually is: Colloquially, the term “artificial intelligence” is applied when a machine mimics “cognitive” functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as “learning” and “problem solving”* True Artificial Intelligence, a machine that can learn and evolve beyond its programming, does not yet exist. When we speak of “AI” today we’re actually referring to machines and applications that mimic human learning and problem solving. Such applications are indeed sophisticated but they only mimic intelligence. They are not, in fact, demonstrating independent learning. [text_with_frame id="368c1dbfefba91dceb946d322e0e86bc" content="‹¨›p‹˜›‹¨›em‹˜›If you find this article helpful consider giving it a share‹¯›nbsp;‹¨›/em‹˜›?‹¨›/p‹˜›" line_color="rgba(0,0,0,.07)" text_font="body" heading_font="heading" animation="none" animation_speed="2" animation_delay="0" __fw_editor_shortcodes_id="e6852c2dacc162bc8c34ba646905e841" _fw_coder="aggressive"][/text_with_frame] Can AI Build Websites? Numerous companies are now boasting website building AI. These web based applications ask users questions, compile data from external sources, and design a website using the criteria and input given. Some website AI builders are more sophisticated than others. The best website building AIs generate a unique site template for each user. The worst, are nothing more than a well crafted skin atop a handful of templates. AI really do build websites. But are such sites ready to publish after the AI is done? After all, you want AI that builds you a website you can launch the day you see it - a cheaper and quicker replacement for web-developers. But does that type of AI exist yet? Which AI Build the Best Websites? Some of the best AI website builders available today include:…

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The Native American South Carolina Archive (NASCA)

“I work at the University of South Carolina. We had a student-built web archive of Native American materials held by the university. It was promising, but had some problems and various fixes that needed to happen. I found Rystedt Creative via Twitter, and reached out–and I am very glad I did! Joshua is a very, very good web developer, with an excellent understanding of both the front- and back-end technologies and how they interact. He thoroughly reviewed our site, letting us know about the strengths and weaknesses of it, and listened carefully to our desires and plans for the site. He did great work, and the communication from him and his team was steady, informative, professional, and helpful. Pricing is very fair, and work was done in a timely manner. Our site is a real gem now because of the excellent work he did. If Joshua could wade through often-confusing student code and improve and fix a flawed site, imagine what he can do for you working from a blank slate! Hire Rystedt Creative already!” ~ Matt Simmons, The University of South Carolina - Lancaster ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Native American South Carolina Archive (NASCA) is a joint project of the Native American Studies Archive at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Southern Studies, and the University of South Carolina Libraries’ Digital Collections. NASCA exists to help correct misconceptions about Native South Carolina through an interactive and robust media archive. The online Native American South Carolina Archive brings text, visuals, and audio about South Carolina’s native communities, their history, and their culture freely to the Web. The University of South Carolina Lancaster’s students helped bring…

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