Creating a wish list like this will help a designer to more accurately understand your needs. This, in turn, will enable them to give you a realistic estimate of how much time and money it will take to make your idea a functioning reality.
Make sure each of your planned pages has a purpose
This is something to take care of, as precisely as possible, before any work is started on actually building your website. We already mentioned that you should come up with a tentative number of pages to have; now figure out what purpose they will serve and how much copy (word content) each of the pages will contain.
Again, you would be better off if you figured it out for yourself. A professional web designer can also do it for you – if you are willing to pay them by the hour. Your best bet is to find inspiring websites in your industry and take a few pages from their books.
If you really have no idea where to start, just fall back on the Big Five: the standard page types that your customers will definitely expect you to have. These Big Five are the home page, the “about us” or “our story” page, the repository of frequently asked questions, the details about your product or your service (including pricing packages and such), and the contact page, which would feature either just your contact info or a direct contact form that people can use to get in touch with you.
Essentially, build a “skeleton” of a solid basic structure which will be there to support any additions and changes later on. This will allow you to keep your site fluid in the face of changing business trends. Create a “baseline website” which you would update with information, without changing its structure. Remember, the more changes you make after the initial building, the more it will cost you.