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There are numerous steps in the web site design and development process. From gathering initial information, to the creation of your web site, and finally to maintenance to keep your web site up to date and current. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Web design process

Web DesignProcess
Web Site Design Development Process
There are numerous steps in the web site design
and development process. From gathering initial
information, to the creation of your web site,
and finally to maintenance to keep your web site
up to date and current. Almost every Web
designer can attest that much of their work is
repetitive. We find ourselves completing the same
tasks, even if slightly modified, over and over
for every Web project. Following a detailed
website design and development process can speed
up your work and help your client understand your
role in the project. This article tries to show
how developing a process for Web design can
organize a developers thoughts, speed up a
projects timeline and prepare a freelance
business for growth. First of all, what exactly
is a process? A Web development process is a
documented outline of the steps needed to be
taken from start to finish in order to complete a
typical Web design project. It divides and
categorizes the work and then breaks these
high-level sections into tasks and resources that
can be used as a road map for each project.
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Information Gathering
Information Gathering
  • The first step in designing a successful web site
    is to gather information. Many things need to be
    taken into consideration when we design the look
    and feel of your site, so we first ask a lot of
    questions to help us understand your business and
    your needs in a web site.
  • Certain things to consider are
  • Purpose
  • What is the purpose of the site? Do you want to
    provide information, promote a service, sell a
    product ?
  • Goals
  • What do you hope to accomplish by building this
    web site? Two of the more common goals are either
    to make money or share information.

  • Target Audience
  • Is there a specific group of people that will
    help you reach your goals? It is helpful to
    picture the ideal person you want to visit your
    web site. Consider their age, sex or interests
    this will help us determine the best design style
    for your site.
  • Content
  • What kind of information will the target audience
    be looking for on your site? Are they looking for
    specific information, a particular product or

  • Our designs need to stay ahead of the rapidly
    changing device landscape and content types,
    which show no signs of slowing down.

  • The planning stage is arguably the most
    important, because whats decided and mapped here
    sets the stage for the entire project. This is
    also the stage that requires client interaction
    and the accompanying attention to detail.
  • Requirements analysis
  • This includes client goals, target audience,
    detailed feature requests and as much relevant
    information as you can possibly gather. Even if
    the client has carefully planned his or her
    website, dont be afraid to offer useful
    suggestions from your experience.
  • Project charter
  • The project charter (or equivalent document) sums
    up the information that has been gathered and
    agreed upon in the previous point. These
    documents are typically concise and not overly
    technical, and they serve as a reference
    throughout the project.

  • Site map
  • A site map guides end users who are lost in the
    structure or need to find a piece of information
    quickly. Rather than simply listing pages,
    including links and a hierarchy of page
    organization is good practice.
  • Contracts that define roles, copyright and
    financial points
  • This is a crucial element of the documentation
    and should include payment terms, project closure
    clauses, termination clauses, copyright ownership
    and timelines. Be careful to cover yourself with
    this document, but be concise and efficient.
  • Gain access to servers and build folder structure
  • Typical information to obtain and validate
    includes FTP host, username and password control
    panel log-in information database configuration
    and any languages or frameworks currently

  • Web design encompasses many different skills and
    disciplines in the production and maintenance of

Drawing from the information gathered up to this
point, we determine the look and feel of the
site. Target audience is one of the key factors
taken into consideration here. A site aimed at
teenagers, for example, will look much different
than one meant for a financial institution. We
also incorporate elements such as the company
logo or colors to help strengthen the identity of
your company on the web site. Once weve
designed a prototype, you are given access to the
Client Studio, which is a secure area of our web
site. The Client Studio allows you to view your
project throughout the design and development
stages. Most importantly, it gives you the
opportunity to express your likes and dislikes on
the site design. In this phase, communication is
crucial to ensure that the final web site will
match your needs and taste. We work together in
this way, exchanging ideas, until we arrive at
the final design for the site. Then development
can begin
  • Development involves the bulk of the programming
    work, as well as loading content (whether by your
    team or the clients). Keep code organized and
    commented, and refer constantly to the planning
    details as the full website takes shape. Take a
    strategic approach, and avoid future hassles by
    constantly testing as you go.
  • Build development framework.
  • This is when unique requirements might force you
    to diverge from the process. If youre using Ruby
    on Rails, an ASP/PHP framework or a content
    management system, now is the time to implement
    it and get the basic engine up and running. Doing
    this early ensures that the server can handle the
    installation and set-up smoothly..
  • Code templates for each page type
  • A website usually has several pages (e.g. home,
    general content, blog post, form) that can be
    based on templates. Creating your own templates
    for this purpose is good practice.

  • Develop and test special features and
  • Heres where the fancy elements come into play. I
    like to take care of this before adding the
    static content because the website now provides a
    relatively clean and uncluttered workspace. Some
    developers like to get forms and validation up
    and running at this stage as well.
  • Fill with content.
  • Time for the boring part loading all of the
    content provided by the client or writer.
    Although mundane, dont misstep here, because
    even the simplest of pages demand tight
    typography and careful attention to detail.
  • Test and verify links and functionality.
  • This is a good time for a full website review.
    Using your file manager as a guide, walk through
    every single page youve createdeverything from
    the home page to the submission confirmation
    pageand make sure everything is in working order
    and that you havent missed anything visually or

Testing and Delivery
Testing and Delivery
  • At this point, we attend to the final details and
    test your web site. We test things such as the
    complete functionality of forms or other scripts,
    we test for last minute compatibility issues
    (viewing differences between different web
    browsers), ensuring that the site is optimized to
    be viewed properly in the most recent browser
  • Once we receive your final approval, it is time
    to deliver the site. We upload the files to your
    server in most cases, this also involves
    installing and configuring WordPress, along with
    a core set of essential plugins to help enhance
    the site. Here we quickly test again to make sure
    that all files have been uploaded correctly, and
    that the site continues to be fully functional.
    This marks the official launch of your site, as
    it is now viewable to the public.

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