As a web consultant and SBDC Technology Advisor, one of my services is to provide web audits for small business clients. A web audit consists of a thorough website review including review of first impression, design, navigation, usability, content, SEO, etc. I’m always on the lookout for articles to share with clients. [Updated January 21, 2011, February 8, 2011] Here’s my recent collection of Best Resources to Review before You Design (or Redesign) Your Small Business Website:
  1. I heartily recommend these two excellent books as an easy way to learn and/or review some of the basics of web design and web content:
  2. Here’s my collection of Best SEO Search Engine Optimization Resources: http://saraisenberg.com/2010/10/16/best-seo-resources/
  3. Here’s my collection of Great Social Media Resources — LinkedIn, Facebook, Twtiter, Blogging: http://saraisenberg.com/2010/07/22/social-media-resources-linkedin-facebook-twitter-blogging/
  4. 8 Best-Practices for Small Business Websites (DIYthemes): http://diythemes.com/thesis/best-practices-small-business-websites/
  5. What Does Web Design Say About Your Small Business? (Mashable): http://mashable.com/2010/12/13/small-business-web-design/
  6. 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Web Designer to Get Tangible Results (DIYthemes): http://diythemes.com/thesis/web-design-results/
  7. The Anatomy of a Perfect Landing Page (Formstack): http://www.formstack.com/the-anatomy-of-a-perfect-landing-page
  8. How to Choose – And Hire – a Web Designer (DIYthemes): http://diythemes.com/thesis/how-to-hire-a-web-designer/
  9. Building an Online Marketing Plan: http://blog.hotdesign.com/2011/01/building-an-online-marketing-plan/
  10. The Benefits of Wireframing a Design (SixRevisions):  http://sixrevisions.com/user-interface/wireframing-benefits/
  11. (I’ll keep adding resources so check back later.)