Website Building Plan
While there are numerous steps involved in a website building plan commencing with gathering relevant information to designing the website and leading up to the maintenance and upkeep, we will discuss 6 of the major components. The process mighty vary between designers though the basics will remain the same. The following are the 6 components.
A professional web designer will have plenty of questions for the website owner. The answers help he/she understand your business better and tune in your website to suit your business needs. The purpose of creating the website, the goal and the target audience are among the primary questions. Content is another major area where the website owner collaborates significantly with the web designer to determine the type of content that goes on to the website.
With the help of information gathered, your web designer will proceed to create a site map or website building plan. This plan will consider the main and sub-topics where applicable and help as a guide to creating the content and a convenient navigation system. A good web design always focuses on the target audience and, therefore, incorporates user interfaces that are convenient and easy. Technologies to be implemented, elements like WordPress or CMS etc will also be discussed at this point.
Design deals with the look and the feel of you website. Target audience is again a key consideration here. Company logo, colors overall rendering to suit the target audience etc. are decided at this stage. Your web designer will provide you with mock-ups or prototypes before freezing a particular design. Throughout the design and development process, your designer works in close co-ordination with your likes and dislikes are factored in.
The development stage is where your website gets created. At this stage, your web designer will incorporate the graphic elements from the mockup and employ them to create the fully functional site. This process starts with the home page and a shell for the internal pages. The shell constitutes a template for incorporating the content and incorporates the navigational structure. The content itself is distributed across the site using appropriate pages. The following elements are also implemented during this stage:-
All through the process of development, your web designer interacts with you constantly making available for viewing the progress made and incorporating changes/corrections that you need to be done.
Your web designer will also be expected to have a good understanding of front end technology on web development. Maximizing functionality, writing valid CSS/HTML , PHP codes compliant with latest web hosting standards and tuning in accessibility for the larger audience and more are also carried out at this stage.
Testing And Delivery
Testing will involve the final details of your website. Compatibility with different browsers and handheld devices is a major part of this phase. Other issues like functionality, scripts, validation of codes etc are also carried out at this stage to make your website ready to go live in all respects.
Webhosting And Domain Registration
It is now time for domain registration and web hosting. Some web designers may provide this service as part of your assignment or you can choose your own services. However, once your website gets uploaded to the server, you must check your website completely to ensure that everything works on expected lines.
Although, your website is up and running at this stage, the job is still half done and there are other issues like Search Engine optimization, maintenance, content management, content updating and more to make your site productive. You will learn some of these from the other pages on this site.