How to Provide Content to Your Developer

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 by BuildMyWeb No Comments

When developing a new website, there are a myriad of solutions for developing your content. And let’s face it, rarely is anything more important about a website than it’s content. For the purpose of this article, we are considering the solution where you, the client, opt to write your own content. Typically the motivation is to save some money that might otherwise be (well-) spent on a professional copywriter. In the case where you are writing your own content and need to get it over to your developer, the following is an efficient means of doing so while mitigating confusion between both parties.

Use a Word Processing Program

Use a common word processing software like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or Open Office Writer.

Replacing Content

A good protocol to follow when swapping out old content for new is to do something like the following.

  1. Identify the page to be edited
  2. Provide a relative location on the page
  3. State the CURRENT content
  4. Provide the NEW content that replaces the CURRENT

Identify the Page to Be Edited

On this page: http://buildmyweb.org/blog/how-to-provide-content-to-your-developer

Provide a Relative Location on the Page

First paragraph from top of page, first sentence…

State the Current Content

Please replace this: ‘there are many solutions for developing your content

Provide the New Content That Replaces the Current

with this: ‘there are a myriad of solutions for developing your content

Put it All Together

So when making a content edit on your website, the request would look something like the following;

On this page: http://buildmyweb.org/blog/how-to-provide-content-to-your-developer,

First paragraph from top of page, first sentence,…

Please replace this: ‘there are many solutions for developing your content

with this: ‘there are a myriad of solutions for developing your content

Providing New Content

When providing content for a new page or website, you will again want to use a word processing program. You will want to name each page and then provide the content for that page. Using an outline template is helpful. Be sure to reference other files (images, pdfs, etc) by their file name so as to avoid confusion.

An Example Three-Page Website

I. Home
[my_homepage_pic.jpg] (place this image above the text)
This is my awesome website! Please enjoy yourself.

II. About Us
This text is all about my company. It’s the best. It’s affordable.

III. Contact
My Company Name
100 Main St., Unit 12
Newtown, NY 10011

[Google Map] (place a full-width map underneath)

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