Define the features

1. Define the features your website should offer.

It’s important to do this step before you start creating the website. The tools I will show you in the next chapter offer a variety of features. Your feature list will help you find out which of these tools fit your needs.

 

2. Pull out the core features your site really needs

These should be 1 or 2 features, not more.

3. Prioritize the other features by focusing on users’ needs

Ask yourself: Is this really necessary, or just nice to have?
Avoid including features that are nice to have but irrelevant for your users.
Your site will appear confusing if you include too many features.

4. Put all other features on a “nice to have” list

Put this list into your “Idea Box” and forget it. I know it’s hard but you should not touch this list any more till your site has launched.

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What are multimedia features?

Photo gallery

Show your photos arranged in a nice-looking grid format.
Example

Slideshows

Combine your pictures with music and animate them in a slideshow.
Example

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Audio player

Add music, podcasts, or other audio files to your website.
Example: Pink Clouds Reprise Mix by Lasswell (4:23)

Video player

Upload videos and display them in a professional player or embed videos directly from video sharing websites such as http://www.youtube.com.
Example

Embedded documents

Embed already existing documents from script.com or other document sharing websites directly into your website for easy viewing.
Example: Invisible Alligators – Children’s book by Hayes Roberts

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