How to find an awesome web business idea.

I am a web designer, experience at CSS, Illustrators, Photoshop, the design things, and a bit HTML, but not capable of coding a website or making a web product. I did several researches, and now time to share what I’ve learnt so far, I also want to document the process of making a web product without programming knowledge, how to find a good business ideas, how to validate them, how to find a co-founder, a coder with a reasonable pay, how to find first customer/user for my product.

1. Read

The first step, I think, is to read. A web design almost have no knowledge about market research, finding a niche, a business idea that solves people’s problem. I was not familiar with business terms, then I start finding blogs, websites for startup ideas. And the best resource is:

Quora.com/Startup

If you want to build a web product, a mobile app, or a million dollars tech startup like Instagram, Whatapps, you should start here, it has everything you need

2. Finding ideas.

How to have a good idea? You can start by looking around, what’re your friend struggling at? what are the difficulties they have  currently? What is the pain in your work, your job, your industry? Here was how I did. I surfed around the net, talked with my female co-workers. They seemed tired of staying up late for works and stuffs, then I asked why didn’t they use something herbal, or natural oil to treat their skin. They said that those things may be good for their skin, but they didn’t know exactly which products, and how to do it.

Then I finally came with this idea:

A social network platform provide reviews, tutorials, guides, beauty and makeup tips to help women become more beautiful. Since it is a social network, anyone can share their tips and product reviews

The ideas should solve pains and problems of people, not just those you think great. Also, you better have business ideas related to your passion because only passion that can push you keep going. One of my ideas, is a social network for women to learn about makeup, beauty, and things like that. But I don’t know where to start. I’m not a women and I obviously do not like make up or so. It was so hard to sketch the first version of the web

3.Validating ideas

Next step is to find out if anyone is doing your ideas? Can you do better than them? Does anyone know these sites? If the niche is not saturated, you can jump in, make better product and user would definitely crazy about it.
Another thing is to check is how many will need your solutions, products? Anything to be more specific? I did find out that women want specific and detail guide for makeup, skin care, hair care: how to make up to be looked like Gwen Stacy (Amazing Spiderman movies), or hair care tips for dry hair, hair care tips for curly hair…

The findings:

It seems that there very few sites succeed in providing beauty tips and guides for women. So there’s a market for my ideas

One people are doing great jobs is Michelle Phan – she one of the bests vlogger on Youtube helping women become more beautiful. She now has nearly 7 million fans. The verdict is women really need guides and tutorials like those of Michelle Phan.

Well, that’s how to find a good startup idea, and validate it. As told before, I don’t have passion for this product, so I would talk about another idea in later posts. Next post would be about an idea, first step to make the product, where to find a coder ? What you need to know ?

 

How to choose web designers and softwares ?

Choosing a Web Designer, or a Web design company

Choosing a Web designer can be difficult due to the sheer number of companies and individuals offering such services. Alistapart.com offers an online database of Web designers that you can search by services, name, or location. Entrepreneur columnist Melissa Campanelli recommends doing your homework before selecting a designer: “Check out a list of the sites the company’s worked on and look closely at its own site. Ask about arrangements for maintaining the site, and make sure your new designer is interested in your company and its goals.” For example, if your goal is to grow traffic significantly within a few months of your site’s launch, your designer should be able to tell you how this will impact your site’s performance and what steps you can take to maximize bandwidth. Keeping goals in mind during the design and development process can eliminate many future problems.

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Web design softwares

While most experts agree that large, complex Web sites are best left to professional designers, many do acknowledge that small-business owners can design their own successful sites. Regardless of whether a company chooses to hire a Web developer or design its own site, it is vital that it carefully plan the site’s layout, content, and security features. If you decide that you are not interested in paying somebody else to design your site, be it another company or a specialist you hire as an employee, you’ll need to purchase your own Web design software. You can expect to pay about $300 for popular programs such as Dreamweaver by Macromedia, which also offers online training for an additional $100, or GoLive by Adobe.

Once you’ve become comfortable with your Web design software, you’ll need to begin planning your site’s organization. Many analysts caution against underestimating the importance of this, pointing out that the structure of the information is as important as the information itself. Visitors who cannot find what they want quickly and easily are likely to simply go elsewhere. To find an effective and appealing organizational structure, it might prove worthwhile to examine rival Web sites.

Along with the organization and placement of textual information, you must also decide what types of graphic and audio enhancements you will use on your site. Keep in mind that many Internet users have dated PCs that might be overwhelmed by too many high-tech enhancements. If you’re determined to include multiple graphics and/or audio features on your site, you can also offer visitors the choice to view your site in HTML only. Some experts recommend using images under 12KB in size to allow all users to load them quickly

Test and tweak

Finally, once your initial design is completed, it is important to test your site from as many different computers as possible. You want to be sure that individuals with different Web browsers and different connection types can access your site as you intended. You can also ask friends and family members for feedback on how easy your site is to navigate and how appealing it is to view. As with most online tasks, be prepared to continually tweak your site’s design to meet the evolving needs of your customers.

Web Site Life Cycles and Maintenance

Similar to any piece of software, Web sites follow a series of phases in their so-called “usable lives.” For e-commerce sites, the nature of those lives is also changing based on increasingly nuanced marketing objectives laid out for them. A typical site life cycle starts with basic planning and design, and ends with up-keep and administration. Below are some of the most common steps:

  1. Planning and requirements gathering
  2. Preliminary design and specification
  3. Detailed design and coding
  4. Testing and revision
  5. Launch
  6. Maintenance and upgrades

Web Site Life Cycles and development process

From this list, you might assume that the planning through launching steps consume the most time and resources; for many sites, however, maintenance and regular updates are central to their effectiveness and receive ample attention. The best life cycle plans take into account the site’s ongoing maintenance needs after the initial launch. One estimate is that maintenance requires about 20 percent of the initial development costs. Web users, much like newspaper or magazine readers, often expect continually refreshed content. Ultimately, if the business needs for the site—like driving traffic and generating sales—change considerably over time, the site may require a redesign and relaunch. Ideally, life cycle planning also considers market and technology signals that suggest when a site’s useful life is limited.

Web watchers commonly cite an evolutionary path for the kinds of sites companies launch. The first and simplest of these are called brochureware, essentially static non-interactive pages that are posted once and then left alone. The next stage is more like a magazine or small online community, providing basic interaction and periodic updates, while more advanced sites incorporate interactive applications, perhaps for online transactions or other customer needs. The most sophisticated sites are a complicated, user-specific conglomeration of content and applications originating in diverse locations and presented as a seamless yet dynamic interface.

While these models can help place you on a general continuum, keeping your site current can mean many different things depending on your content, your clients, your competitors. Certainly, on a national news site, visitors expect the content to be refreshed every few hours, if not minutes. For a local news site, that standard might be slwoed to include just daily updates. Some Web consultants recommend that smaller sites be updated at least once a quarter in order to maintain a sense of fresh content and keep the site’s visual material current. Others say monthly or weekly is more appropriate. With some exceptions, sites that haven’t had a graphic overhaul within one to two years may be perceived by end-users as looking outdated due to technology changes.

One way to organize updates and maintenance activity is to create a maintenance plan. There is no set form the plan should take, but some get fairly formal and lead to content management systems. Either way, the purpose is to begin serious thinking about the ongoing requirements of operating the site. The requirements may be technical, such as how to support increasing traffic loads, or strategic, such as how to make the site the top performer in its category—and keep it there. Planning also needs to account for logistical issues like personnel hours needed to maintain the site.

More elaborate sites usually have back-end maintenance tools built in so that content specialists at the company, say, marketing staff, can readily change text and images in predefined places on the site without requiring a programmer’s intervention. These content management systems store site information in databases and often include a user interface customized for the particular needs of the company. They also provide support for advanced problems like version control, ensuring there is clear documentation of what is the currently approved content versus previous content or work in progress.

Not all maintenance is aimed at making sites more complex, however. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, as Flash and other multimedia technologies gained sway, many well-funded sites rushed to include bits of animation and sound. No doubt some visitors were impressed with their technical prowess, but many Web users insist on practical, useful features instead of those that merely waste time and clog bandwidth. Some of the largest sites have learned to design their sites “down,” focusing on the quality and efficiency of the user experience. This movement includes a heavy emphasis on intuitive user interfaces and simple, informative designs. The idea is to hone the site for the particular needs of its main visitors—and possibly customize it for each one.

As with site development and hosting, maintenance and life cycle management can be outsourced to specialty firms. Often, if an outside team develops the site, they will include a bid for ongoing maintenance as well. Many Web consultants believe outsourcing is a wise approach because it greatly increases the likelihood the work will get done. Often times, specialists also have skills and inside knowledge that allows them to do a better job than a company could do on its own.

Of course, some maintenance is more technical in nature and, as such, doesn’t involve content or currency. A common problem, with small sites in particular, may occur up when the site operator assumes it will work continuously without interruption. As server addresses and other system features change, the site may become saddled with broken links and haphazard functions. Browser upgrades can change the way pages display and functions execute, as well. Web site operators need methods of keeping their services up and the existing functions working. Along with third-party service vendors, developers can create testing and monitoring tools for making sure the site is operating properly.