Building a website from scratch is quite an intricate process. A lot goes on building a website. There are often serval steps involved in designing and building a website like gathering information, design, development and to keep updating your website.
The process of website development may vary across developers and designers, but usually, these steps are followed.
- Information Gathering
- Visual Elements
Step 1- Information Gathering
Information gathering would be the first step in the development of your website. The first step is the most crucial step, it is where you understand the company your building the website for. The goals, the scope, and the objectives and etcetera.
Therefore it is very important. To do a solid groundwork research at this stage. From speaking to the company owners to the looking at the website from the client perspective, the content you want to share on the website and all the nitty-gritty stuff involved in gathering the information.
Step 2- Planning
Once you have the sufficient data with you for the project you’re about to do, the next wise thing would be to plan out. Using the information to set-up a website.
At this step, you draw out a sitemap detailing all the page layout, from the number of pages to all the tabs, images and content you wish to place on the website. You are however supposed to be in constant touch with the customer all the while to get his/her perspective of design.
Step 3- Design
Next comes the design part. This where you let your creative juices flow. Decorate the empty frame (i.e., sitemap) you just created. Of course, you get a lot of creative freedom here, but it should also be in line with what your customer/client wants.
Content development is not just about designing, writing on the website. It’s also about finding the problem to the solution to the problem through your content hence it’s very important to keep the perspective of the user throughout your content. Therefore the target audience should always be kept in mind. A website for a news channel would be different than a corporate website. So designing the right content for the right people is important.
Step 4- Visual elements
Visual elements are the display of the website. All the images, sliders, gifs and videos you designed earlier adds up here. You decide the visually pleasing display to be featured on your website. The visual elements can be just as informative as the content. It’s a lot more effective to communicate with the display than with just plain old words. So make sure while developing the content you have the perspective of a user and client inputs about the visual display.
Step 5- Development
At this step, you finally create the actual website. A functional website to say. Designers and developers work hand in hand to make the website come alive. All the communications need to be clear between the parties across, designers, developers, clients, and owners.
Development starts by developing the home page, followed by the other pages that lead on from the home page. The entire time your website is being developed it should be accessible to the client to make any changes if required. A good designer with the knowledge of HTML and CSS code is required to take care of the front-end development.
Step 6- Testing
This is the season just before harvesting you are in full prep of the harvesting season i.e. launch. You make sure all the gears are working smoothly, make any last minute changes. You check the functionality of the website, check bugs, errors. Make sure everything is transiting smoothly.
You test out your website across all platforms and devices, make sure all the codes are valid, a valid code means your site meets the current website development standards. Once you get all the nods from everyone. You are all set for the launching phase. Yay!
Step- 7 Launch
This is the harvesting season, the time you deliver the website. With all the approvals from the client and customers. You have to use the FTP (File Transfers Protocol) program to upload the website files to your server.
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