Creating Content For Your Website

The Content Creation Process

If you are creating content for your website, it's usually a bad idea to sit down and just start typing it. It's much better to plan the process thoroughly. I've listed here the steps that you are recommended to follow when tackling the content creation stage. Bear in mind that these are the steps that I follow; you could feasibly use these steps as a foundation and tweak them to fit your own unique requirements.

Without a well structured plan, you may find your process a little aimless.

Choose An Overall Topic

First of all you need to choose an overall topic for your website. Many people call this a "niche". When choosing your niche, it often helps to think about who you want your audience to be and what they are interested in.

Collect Relevant Material

A good idea is to create a central place to put relevant material you find as part of your research. I like to use a Google Document so that I can access it anywhere I am. In that central repository you can put snippets of text and any ideas you have that you might be able to expand later. The material here may be worksheets, content from lessons, or links to resources that align with your objectives. You might also decide to start collecting images that support your content.

Organise The Content

Start to give your content a clear structure. This will involve grouping similar ideas and sections together. Try and visualise a smooth flow between different sections. Once that is done, identify subtopics that deserve their own web page. If there isn't enough material to put on a particular page, search for more material or see whether you can group that topic with another similar one.

Create Your Web Pages

Now that the planning process is complete, you can start creating the web pages themselves. As you write, you might have additional ideas that you should add to your central repository of information. Pay attention to linking to other pages that tackle similar subtopics to give your visitors and easy way of finding content they are interested in.