Content is still the most significant aspect of a good website. No amount of technology or graphic artistry can substitute for poor content. In addition, just because technology can do many things nowadays does not necessarily mean that these things suit the needs of the target market or that these things should actually be done. Many times, simple design and tools will do the job (Garrand 2006: 3).
Webpage authors usually do not realize that many users still work on slow, older versions of computers and slow internet connections (Garrand 2006: 6). They often create multi-media content on sites mainly for high-speed connections without realizing that many users cannot view them. Designers should identify their audience. The potential visitors will influence how a website author creates the media content. A few questions to consider are:
After ample consideration on the technical questions above, the web author or designer may also ask, "How familiar are the users with computers and the internet" Too often, people miscalculate the limitations and complexities people encounter in using computers (Garrand 2006: 12). Hence, efforts are worthless when navigating the technology devours and surpasses actual viewing or listening time. Consider that users may often struggle with computer-related concerns. That could create uneasiness in deciphering how the website works. Websites must be sensitive to assist in making the target market benefit from the technology. One should consider the following:
1. Do the site's visitors need to download plug-ins or special software to use the site
2. If so, are they user-friendly, and are the words on the user-guide within the technological and linguistic reach of the potential visitors
3. Is the explanation of system requirements on the website (so visitors will know if the content will work for them)
Considering such concerns will aid in producing a user-friendly and effective website. The resulting content should be easy to update and maintain regardless of the technology used. The technology to create such pages changes and the needs of users vary in time. Utilising technology should have a positive result, but considering the target market also vital.
Step 2: Bandwidth and Web Space Requirements Analysis
2.1 Requirements Analysis Overview
Identification of host web space requirements (disk space) and bandwidth allowance (web traffic) is important before one can accurately choose a host. Deciding on what web development software to use to develop the website is also crucial, as it will aid in determining