We know that, a bigger evolution, which is something more than what we have expected, has happened in the field of web development along this decade. And it’s during this same decade every business organization has started evolving with newer strategies and creative visualizations on web developing and marketing, which made this area more and more competitive.
When it comes to launching of a brand new website of your own, yeah, it needs proper care. The chances of you getting confused with kinds of available online applications are pretty high. Here, we’re gonna break down an ideal web designing procedure into several simpler steps that will help you sort out your concerns related to web developing efficiently. Let’s start over..!
Information Gathering Phase
The very first step in designing a successful web site is to gather right information, which will help you gain a thorough understanding of various aspects that are needed to be included in your website. In fact, there are few, but lot more important things, which are needed to be taken into consideration while we design a website. Few questions, which are quoted below, are needed to be answered properly, for ultimately helping you better understand the needs of a web site.
- What’s the actual “purpose”..? (Whether you want to provide certain information, or promote a service, or to sell a product.)
- What are the ultimate “goals”..? (It might be either to make money or to share information.)
- Who are the “targeted audience”..? (This will help to conceive the exemplary crew of people who will use the website and deliver the website content according to them.)
- What kind of “contents” will the targeted audience be looking for, on your website..?
Next step of web development is to have an accurate planning of what you’re gonna do. Let’s put together plans for your web sites using the gathered information from phase one. A good plan will help to produce a ‘yellow brick road’ for designers, developers, and content editors to follow. Now, we’re going to sub-categorize this stage to various realms that will better help you to plan ahead:
- Develop a site map, with a list of all main topic areas that the site should cover. This will be referred as a guide with reference to what content needs to be added on the site, and will be helpful for developing a consistent, easy to understand navigational system.
- Now, portray an Information Architecture diagram, otherwise referred to as ‘Site Tree’. This should contain the structure of sections, pages, navigation flow, user interaction elements, and all the basic contents. Proper attention shall be given to this piece of planning segment so as to ensure proper relationship between all key pages and the navigation experience of the website.
- Getting a clear picture of technology and resources that are needed in the long run – yes, that can help a lot! Make a clear cut note of needed servers, any specialized tools that the site needs, software requirements, maintenance plans, stock photography details etc.
A plan might get altered along the way; however it’s always expedient to keep the core plan intact.
Now it’s time to focus on the visual aesthetics! In this phase, most of the designers used to manipulate a few tried and true methods to produce eye popping designs, best of which are discussed below:
- Wireframes: Wireframes are used by designers in many forms according to the purposes. No matter what the method adopted, the goal of a wireframe at this phase is to show the basic design layout with a vague view of how the content is gonna appear on your original web page.
- Mockups: These are eminently-detailed designs that start with a wireframe, however capable of taking things to the very next level. They are actually outright layouts with polished design elements developed using programs like Photoshop or Fireworks. This is a pace that isn’t to be taken that lightly, as it determines how the users will view and interact each time they visit your website. So, take time, and make efforts to ensure a sturdy foundation for the visual identity of your online presence. This is prodigiously important!
- Review & Craft: This should be carried out at each and every stage of your project, however this particular phase as a sub category of designing phase holds of great importance. The focus here is to reiterate the design and tweak the layout viewing through all nooks and crannies of the website.
And then the development begins… We now, slice up the mockup, break out the design elements, and jump into code. Many core tasks such as building the site structure, constructing the templates, importing data, publishing content etc. is involved here in this phase.
- Chrome & Skeleton: We now slice and dice the final creative design and start using it in code. The job should be well done in this stage for your site’s brand, navigational elements, header and footer, and any other site-wide elements, to show up perfectly in the web browser.
- Special Features: Features those are unique to the site demands special attention and care while building. Features like Advanced Search, Map/GPS Based Searching, Data Exporting, Reporting etc. fall in this category. You may custom built these features according to your website requirements. Once a feature is complete, you may get it placed on its respective page of your website.
- Content Population: This is a step that is taken during development to get all the important contents put into proper locations around the website.
At this pace of time, the devolved web site needs to be tested. Website should be checked for complete functionality, and last minute compatibility issues. The testing protocols should be stringent enough to catch minute errors and ensure the project to go smoother and in a fruitful way.
Now it’s time to mark the official launch of your website! You may upload files to your server – in most cases, this would involve installing and configuring WordPress, along with core set of essential plugins that will help to enhance the site. Quickly test once again to make sure that all files have been uploaded correctly. And now, it’s finally viewable to the public!
Yes, it’s delivered, but though, the development of your web site is not necessarily over! You should offer new content or products on a regular basis in order to bring new visitors to your site. So, when it comes to website development, it’s clearly understood that post-launching procedures are as important as your pre-launching operations! Next time, do it carefully, and all the very best for your future ventures..!