Process of website development
The most important task is to get the clear understanding of your future website purposes, the main goals you wish to achieve, and the target audience you want to attract to your site. Such kind of a website development questionnaire helps to develop the best strategy for further project management.
Different types of websites provide visitors with different functionality which means that different technologies should be used according to the purposes. .
On the basis of the information that was gathered together in the previous phase, the sitemap is created. The sitemap should describe the relations between the main areas of your website. The main reason behind the sitemap creation is to build a user-friendly and easy to navigate website.In next stage, a wireframe or mock-up is created. A wireframe is a visual representation of user interface that you’re going to create. It only describes the elements that will be added to the page and their location. The other important thing is select technology stack – programming language, frameworks, CMS that you’re going to use.
During the design phase, your website takes shape. All the visual content, such as images, photos, and videos is created at this step. The customer and target audience must be kept in mind while you work on a design.
Website layout is a graphic sketch or an actual graphic design. The primary function of the layout is to represent the information structure, visualize the content, and demonstrate the basic functions. Layouts contain colors, logos, images and can give a general understanding of the future product.
After that, the customer can review the layout and send you his feedback. This cycle should be repeated until the customer is completely satisfied.
Step 4. Content Writing and Assembly
Content writing and compiling usually overlaps with other stages of website creation, and its role can’t be underestimated.
At this step it is necessary to put in writing the very essence you’d like to communicate to the audience of your website, and add calls-to-action. Content writing involves also creation of catching headlines, text editing, writing new text, compiling the existing text, etc., which takes time and effort.
As a rule, the client undertakes to provide website content ready to migrate to the site. It is better when all website content is provided before or during website coding.
Step 5. Coding
At this step, we can finally start creating the website itself.
Graphic elements that have been designed during the previous stages should be used to create an actual website. Frameworks and CMS should be implemented to make sure that server can handle the installation and set-up smoothly.
When you use CMS for site creation, you can also install CMS plugins at this step if there’s a need. The other important step is SEO (Search Engine Optimization). SEO is the optimization of website elements ( e.g., title, description, keyword) that can help your site achieve higher rankings in the search engines. And, once again, valid code is pretty important for SEO.
Step 6. Testing, Review and Launch
Testing is probably the most routine part of a process. Every single link should be tested to make sure that there are no broken ones among them. We will check every form, every script, run a spell-checking software to find possible typos. We use code validators to check if your code follows the current web standards. Valid code is necessary, for example, if cross-browser compatibility is important for you.
After we check and re-check your website, it’s time to upload it to a server. An FTP (File Transfer Protocol) software is used for that purpose. After we deployed the files, we will run yet another, final test to be sure that all your files have been installed correctly.
Step 7. Maintenance: Opinion Monitoring and Regular Updating
What’s important to remember is that a website is more a service than a product. It’s not enough to “deliver” a website to a user.
We will also make sure that everything works fine, and everybody is satisfied and always be prepared to make changes in another case.
The other important thing is keeping your website up to date. If you use a CMS, regular updates will prevent you from bugs and decrease security risks.