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Title: Website Development Requirements Checklist 2021

Website Development Requirements Checklist 2021
Today we have easy access to the Internet, thanks
to the proliferation of mobiles. It has given
birth to new categories of web users and expanded
the target audience for the businesses. Despite
the increased mobile presence in the form of
mobile apps, mobile-friendly responsive web
presence is gaining momentum. Moreover, the
advent of the technologies has made web
development complex enough that one or two
freelancers are proving inadequate and demanding
a team of web designers, web programmers, quality
assurance developers, UX designers, and
marketing professionals with high-end web
development infrastructural facilities. Therefore,
everybody is looking for an established web
development company with a solid portfolio and
adequate infrastructural facilities to foster
creativity and collaboration to work on high-end
web development projects from offshore
clients. Apart from these, there is a website
development checklist that a client looking for
website development must consider prior to
jumping on signup for the web design project.
Lets have a look at the below-listed website
requirements checklist.
35 Things to Know Before Building a Website
There are plenty of things that demand the
attention of website owners and
website developers prior to beginning, and during
the website development process, but we can
restrict up to 30 technical requirements for
building a website, which is highly important to
1) Target Audience Analysis
  • Without the strategy, no business can achieve its
    goals. To develop an effective website strategy,
    you must define website goals and carry audience
  • Today audience research and analysis carried out
    scientifically, and it is by developing user
    persona. By definition, a user persona is a
    fictional character/s communicating the primary
    characteristics of group/s of users. Therefore,
    user persona consisting of
  • Demography Consisting of the data of age,
    gender, education, occupation for the B2C
    audience. For B2B, company size, position, and
    company role are
  • important data
  • Psychographic Goals, tasks, and motivation
  • Web-o-graphics web experiences, usage location,
    OS platforms, use frequency, favorites, social
    media, and many other user preferences on the web
  • Thus, developing a website keeping your user
    persona in mind may grant you definite success.

2) Set a Deadline
Designing the website alone can take up a huge
chunk of your time if you dont plan things
properly. You need to set daily and weekly
targets/deadlines for particular areas of your
website to be done to avoid being overwhelmed.
This way your website can be ready on schedule.
3) Choosing a Domain Name
  • The selection of a domain name/URL for your
    website requires consideration of four
    perspectives, such as
  • Human Perspective
  • Should be easy to read, speak, and remember
  • Readability
  • Brand Perspective
  • Domain extension depending on the nature of
    business, county, or business genre
  • -Make it unique to stand out
  • SEO Perspective
  • Relevance
  • Containing business keyword/s
  • Legal Perspective
  • Copyright and Trademark issues

4) Selection of Host
Fast loading is an important factor in search
engine ranking. Hosting services have greater
impacts on the loading performance. Besides
these, hosting influencing many other website
success factors.
  • Therefore, the selection of web hosts is crucial,
    and only your web developers can offer the right
    technical help to show a way to cut through
    hosting jargon and allow you to make an informed
  • Costs of hosting packages with decent ROI in mind
  • Area of hosting specialization
  • Consider tech specs
  • Check the scope of tech support in real-time
    during emergencies
  • Look at additional features and add-ons
  • Hardware capabilities
  • Check the reputation of the hosting company
    through third-party customer review sites and
  • testimonials
  • Email features
  • Control panel offerings
  • Scalability
  • Today we have advanced hosting technologies in
    the form of VPS and Cloud Hosting apart from
    shared hosting. Therefore, ask your web
    developers to select the right and affordable
    option for you.

5) Prototyping
  • We know before reaching the final design
    acceptance in the web development process,
    wireframe development and design prototype
    development are significant steps and almost all
    development methodologies are following those
    steps essentially.
  • Today, we have advanced technologies for
    prototyping tools, which provide
  • interactive prototypes with additional advantages
    like act as a real website and allow pointing
    device to touch gesture to operate on mobiles

  • Prototype depicts the hierarchy of pages and
    sub-pages as per your content
  • architecture or navigational architecture
  • Prototypes should provide room for client
    feedback and should be client-centric in all
  • It should address the following queries
  • Purpose of the website
  • The audience of the site
  • User journey to attend user goals
  • Mingle the user goals with website goals

Prototyping is an iterative process, so you have
to limit the number of iteration considering
design options and affordability in the sense of
effort, time, and resources spent on the
prototype design process.
6) Right Design
After approval of prototypes by the client, g
raphic designers take the final design step by
shifting the design in Photoshop or Illustrator
like designing software where low-fidelity and
high-fidelity design mockup development
involved. Final design in designing software
provides the simulation of final web pages and
modern designing software to take care of
slicing, exporting, and HTML/CSS version
7) The Latest Coding
  • The programming stage of website development is
    important to develop source code that makes the
    website live, dynamic, and interactive. There are
    several best coding standards such as
  • Making code clean by removing unconventional and
    unwanted code. For
  • instance, right indentations improve code
    readability and ease modifications
  • Make code comprehensive for any level of skilled
    web developers by inserting only essential
  • Follow naming conventions and keep code simple by
    applying simple logic
  • Dont follow hard-coded value practices, instead
    keep code portable
  • Keep code testing at frequent intervals and use
    code auto-correction tools

8) Advanced Navigation
Apply different navigation schemes according to
the complexities of your website, such as main
navigation menu, site navigation, and footer
navigation, off-canvas navigation in mobiles,
bread crumb navigation, and on-site search engine
for advanced search.
  • Keep the following things in mind while designing
    the website navigation
  • It should be distinct, simple, consistent, and
  • It must be clear, descriptive, concise, and
    interactive by nature
  • It has to ordered, styled, structured,
    accessible, clickable, silent, and shallow
  • It should be visual, responsive, seamless,
    animated, sticky, scalable, and tested

9) Smart UI Elements on Different Pages
  • Use smart UI elements by following the best
  • Create effective CTA buttons to grab the
    attention of website users and entice them to
    accomplish website goals
  • Design Read More and Continue Reading buttons
    or links effectively to engage and lead the
    users further in their journey
  • Design attractive, creative, and user-friendly
    shopping cart icons like carts, bags, trolleys,
    buckets, and baskets to grab the attention of
    shoppers on eCommerce
  • websites
  • Design progress trackers, coming button soon, and
    Maps for best user experiences
  • Design pricing tables quotes like block and pull
    quotes by following best trends
  • Use the latest gallery for date stamps and
    calendar elements/icons
  • Dont overlook error page design to convey the
    message effectively

10) Content Strategy
  • A good content strategy glue the audience, and
    you must follow the following things
  • Write content keeping the audience in mind
  • Write content in optimum word count
  • Consider messaging priorities
  • Motivate the audience to take actions on CTA

  • Tabs are a nifty way for alluring content layout
  • Try to keep SEO content below the fold and
    prioritize users
  • Give space for creativity on non-SEO pages
  • Try to use natural language to support voice
  • Image Optimization
  • Images are significant assets for creating
    stunning effects on the mind of your website
    users. Therefore, optimize images for fast
    loading without affecting their quality to give
    the best user experiences and effects. Follow
    some good tips in this regard
  • Cut the file size for optimum loading
    performance, but keep mobile users in mind along
    with large desktops users
  • Use right file types for maximum compatibility
    and performance
  • Optimize image Meta Tags like title, description,
    and alt tag
  • Produce different sizes and resolutions of an
    image to meet requirements for
  • responsive web design
  • Develop strategies for image dimensions and
    product angles to give the best
  • customer experiences
  • Use the image sprite-like techniques for fast
  • Handle image thumbnails smartly
  • It is better to use image site maps
  • Beware of decorative images and use intelligently
  • CDN use for images is good for performance but
    bad for SEO

Google loves blistering fast websites and gives a
ranking. People are impatient by nature and
dont like waiting much so leave websites to take
more than three seconds to load despite the
display of loading animations.
  • Lets see some tips to bring fast loading on your
  • Images are playing a big part in load
    performance. Therefore, apply the modern image
    optimization software and technologies to cut the
    image weight without missing quality
  • Loading background images using external CSS
    files is the best way to avoid blots on
    bandwidth and connectivity
  • Avoid inline scripts like JavaScript and CSS to
    slow down the loading
  • Minify the HTML code of your website source code
  • Use clean, compact, and comprehensive code

13) UX Design
  • Finally, use cache technologies to improve load
    performance for your website
  • Designing excellent user experiences for your
    website requires UX designers to think of
    different perspectives to solve UX problems. The
    following guidelines may help your
  • website UX developers deliver stunning outcomes
  • Know the expectations of your targeted audience
    and run guerilla test to find out what may work
    for them
  • Keep things simple to avoid distractions
  • Bring consistency in web design to offer subtle
    guidance and build trust
  • Implement a visual hierarchy for highlighting the
    most important elements first and less afterward
  • Typography is part of the design so choose fonts
    for different text blogs and titles carefully.
    Highlight the headers as per the importance of
    their levels right from H1 to H6. Use reverse
    type to make text stand out because contrasting
  • backgrounds make text pop-out
  • Colors are useful in establishing relationships
    between elements, create visual hierarchy, and
    hold the attention of onlookers in UX design for
    your website. Therefore, leverage color
    psychology in your project
  • The interface on your website should be usable,
    and feedback from users is
  • crucial to improve so run guerrilla as well as
    in-depth user experience tests and surveys on
    appropriate stages of web development and

14) Usability
Today usability is forming the basis for great
user experiences. Usability needs a user-centric
design. Therefore, usability meets the user
goals, mental models, and requirements to make
the website easy to use. For excellent
usability, you must follow some key principles of
website design.
  • Make website available and accessible by focusing
    on server uptime, broken links,
  • and mobile responsiveness, for e.g. Amazon
  • Clarity is at the core of usability and usability
    web designer can achieve it by infusing
    simplicity, familiarity, consistency, guidance,
    good information architecture, and direct
    feedback in the design
  • Learnability
  • Credibility
  • Relevancy
  • Features Functionality
  • Today simple and static websites hardly work
    because people want to do a lot of things with
    them and their expectations are higher when the
    features and functionality of
  • websites are in question. For example
  • Your website should be dynamic, interactive, and
    updating content in real-time
  • Your website, if with lots of web pages, should
    have an advanced search feature/engine to find
    intended content rapidly
  • You should have Chatbot integrated to provide
    artificial intelligence-enabled chat
    communication to your esteemed customers
  • Your website should have multimedia content to
    grab the attention of visitors and engage them
    further including high-quality images and videos
  • It must be mobile-friendly and load fast to offer
    the best performance
  • It has smart UI elements to offer the best user
  • If it is an eCommerce website, it must have the
    latest eCommerce features with personalization
  • Your site should have the latest security features

16) DIY or Professional Services?
  • If your niche requires location-based features,
    you must think of GPS and other
  • LBS features

Determine whether you want to build the website
on your own or would like to outsource the
design and development to professionals. There
are many DIY website builders available in the
market. These do not require any designing or
coding skills. However, there is a limit to the
extent of customization you can put your
website through by employing DIY website
builders. For a more custom website, you would
need the help of professionals. Then there is
the matter of cost. If you have a good budget and
can avoid compromising with it (and you
should!), then hiring experts can be a good start
to your road to success
17) Branding Strategy
  • First define your brand message, brand
    characters, and brand components first.
  • For any brand, brand logo or symbol is essential
    so go for it to the graphics designer
  • Set brand theme defining brand components, such
    as colors, brand character, and brand story
  • Take storytelling approaches in design and
    content if your niche is permitting
  • Infuse brand theme and components in your web
  • Use brand element in all your online and offline
    operations such as packing, marketing material,
    and in the entire business
  • Use the latest communication technologies to
    offer the best user experiences to your customer
    to augment your brand
  • Use social media and other online channels to
    spread your branding messages

18) Onboarding
  • Onboarding is a user engagement technique,
    particularly for first-time users to educate
    them and leads to achieving goals of users and
    websites both. If you want to build a great
    onboarding flow, take care of the following
  • Offer excellent one-time setup
  • Generate excitement among users to come back
  • Teach users to use a product with the best
    teaching/guiding methods like using visual
    language with multimedia content
  • Use the variety of onboarding techniques to guide
    your users at different stages of the user
    journey such as tips on the cursor, hover pop-up,
    interactive modules, off-canvas notifications,
    and so many others
  • Create a sense of progress during the onboarding
    process to engage yours on a long journey

19) CTA Strategies
  • Effective CTA design is a vital step in the lead
    generation process. Therefore, keep the
    following things in mind while design CTA.
  • Design CTA elements capable enough to grab the
    attention of visitors
  • Use colors, shape, size, and white space to
    highlight the CTA elements
  • Location of CTA is important and above the fold
    is the best place
  • For multiple CTA elements, follow the hierarchy
    to give prominence in design using various
    design elements including colors, shape, and text

20) Content Marketing
  • Content is king so web designers cant ignore
    them while designing a successful website.
  • Should have clear and effective information
    architecture content layouts
  • Focus on critical content
  • Grouping relevant content help visitors to scan
    it rapidly
  • Keep relevancy
  • Keep the target audience in mind
  • Make content unique and engaging
  • Use a content delivery network if possible

21) Search Engine Marketing
  • Right SEO starts with SEO-friendly website
  • Optimize website for fast loading so rank high
  • URL should be SEO friendly and contain primary
    business keyword
  • Select appropriate hosting package and hosting
    provider according to technologies and niche of
    your website
  • Integrating CMS is the best option to provide
    fresh and optimized content as per need without
    any help of a developer
  • Use SEO Metadata in coding and alt tags for
  • Follow the latest link building practices during
    content writing for web copy
  • Navigation schemes should be user-friendly and
    search engine friendly
  • Optimize your information architecture
  • Make website mobile-friendly using various
    techniques including RWD
  • Minimize scripting languages including
    JavaScript, jQuery, Media Query, and use HTML
    and CSS with best coding practices

22) Social Media Marketing
  • Social media rewards high in ranking and
    following the best SMO practices may help you a
  • Do seamless integration of social media to
    encourage sharing of your web content directly
    from the web page
  • Place social media icons at appropriate places
  • Select social media icons according to your
    website theme
  • Develop design and content that social media
    audience love and share
  • Use images, image gallery, and videos like
    multimedia content to share on social media sites

23) Compatibility
Browser compatibility and OS compatibility are a
vital issue with your website code. Test
frequently during the development and at the QA
stage. Today mobile browsers used highly so check
your mobile-friendly website for all major
mobile browsers and older versions.
24) Security Concerns
Since we are doing almost all tasks online using
various channels and website is at the center
point. A lot of data transactions taking place on
our websites including personal, financial,
business data. Moreover, our websites have
integration of web applications, web services,
LBS, IoT applications, and myriads of new tech
innovations through APIs. Therefore,
vulnerabilities are high, and we need to take
adequate measures during web programming and
Following universal security standards and
obtaining the latest encryption technologies for
your website security are required steps towards
offering safe and secure web experiences. A
security lapse at authentication and
authorization processes are known issues.
Therefore, use the latest spam filters like
captcha and equivalent mechanism to prevent
automated bots to break your security walls and
hack the system or spread viruses. Application of
antivirus and malware prevention software is
essential on servers to prevent hacking and
different injections, and other malicious
25) Rating Reviews
Google and other search engines are prioritizing
ratings and reviews in their ranking algorithms.
Therefore, making provisions to obtaining honest
ratings and reviews makes great sense in
Internet marketing and trust-building
efforts. You can enable website users to share
your reviews on review sites to
leverage third-party services like Google and
Yelp. offers coding to highlight your
web page ratings and reviews in SERPs.
  • Testimonials
  • It builds trust among the newcomers on your
  • It shows the skills, products, and services of
    the company indirectly
  • It demonstrates the quality and level of your
    customer base
  • It provides real user experience insights that
    you cannot demonstrate anyhow on your website
  • The testimonial should real, honest, and with
    actual references/contact details (if requested)
  • Maintenance

  • Proper maintenance of your website allows it to
    provide services in the long run and increase
  • To ease the maintenance process, your website
    code should be comprehensive and clear so any
    level of the skilled developer can attain it
  • Keep images and other multimedia content
    organized on the backend/server
  • Follow the naming conventions and file management
    standards to access the required resources
  • Update content other resources regularly to keep
    the website fresh and contemporary, so the
    integration of CMS is the best option

28) Updates
  • Updating websites regularly keeps your website
    contemporary and boosting the growth of your
    business and website performance.
  • Keep web development technologies updated and
    install updates regularly
  • Consider SEO recommendations while updating the
  • Update and improve search and navigation
  • Check various redirects like 301, 401, and so on
  • Check CTA and site speed performance
  • Check links for broken link repairing

29) Sitemap
  • A sitemap is a summary of the entire site and
    helps bots and users to find all web pages in a
  • Keep hierarchy of pages while making the sitemap
    for front end display

  • Keep sitemap updated using the latest sitemap
    plugins, which are doing
  • automatic updates of pages/links
  • Keep a copy of XML sitemap for search engine
  • Give the link of the sitemap web page at the
    bottom/footer of the homepage and possible each
    page of the site
  • Optimize sitemap anchor text or use titles of the
    relevant pages
  • Track Performance
  • Just making the website is not enough. You need
    to understand how your website is performing,
    who and how are users coming to your website.
    Search engine analytics tools are great to watch
    and analyze the site performance, traffic,
    behavior of visitors, and so many things offered
    by free and paid site analytics tools.
  • Integrate Google, and Bing analytics tools at the
    backend of the website to leverage their
  • Follow analytics code integration guidelines and
    recommendations issued by the respective
  • Take the help of analytics experts to integrate
    and customize the code of analytics, tags, and
    additional settings
  • Enable eCommerce features in analytics if your
    website falls into that category and create
    conversion funnels, infuse tags, and eCommerce
    specific code into the web page source code with
    the help of experts
  • Deployment
  • Without proper deployment, you cannot publish
    your website on the Internet and run it

  • Keep site source code for easy files and folder
  • Compressed the source code and resources of a
    website for fast upload on cPanel or through FTP
    like other methods
  • Keep cPanel organized for easy source code access
    and frequent modification
  • Use the latest hosting tools and feature for the
    best deployment process of your website
  • Costing
  • After all, things to consider in website
    designing and development, you must focus on
  • and the cost-efficiency of your website.
  • Hire a website development company with high
    reputations and profound experiences
  • Obtain project proposal and ballpark estimation
    prior to making a final decision
  • Define types of engagement model like fixed cost
    project, part-time hiring, or hourly rates
    hiring model
  • Take estimation of duration or timeline and total
    hours likely consumed by the project
  • Check costs of maintenance and updates in advance
    and add into the total cost of the website for a
    given period
  • Check the cost of support services and free
    service offerings
  • Voice Search
  • The Internet of Things has gained massive
    momentum for quite a time, and 2021 could be the
    year we could see exactly what can be done. Two
    areas, especially digital

  • assistances and smart speakers, could be
    responsible for voice search growth. According
    to statistics, there will be more than 8 billion
    digital voice assistances by the end of
  • 2023, and there will be over 163 million smart
    speakers by the end of 2021. The growth in both
    these areas will affect how developers will
    create something useful to interact
  • with users with search engines through speakers.
    This means that the developers and the marketers
    need to adopt these things they do.
  • Optimize your content for position zero with a
    short introduction of 40-50 words, and use
    tables or bullet points where possible.
  • Dont be afraid to strike a conversational tone
    in blog content and your product descriptions.
  • Structure your keyword research around questions
    and answers, rather than on single keywords or
    key phrases.
  • Mix up terminology to provide a more varied set
    of keywords and phrases,
  • covering all the relevant (genuinely relevant!)
    ways of asking a question. Keep it natural.

34) Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)
  • The next year will be the year of Progressive web
    apps. PWAs are not new when it comes to your
    imagination, but their influence will continue to
    grow in 2021. PWAs provide many benefits that
    will increase their use. PWAs user experience is
    second to none, and the use of mobile devices is
    expected to increase as brands continue with this
  • PWAs enable websites to load faster and still
    work offline. They recreate the browsers
    application experience and make things easier for
    developers than creating native apps for each
  • Invest in PWAs rather than building multiple
  • Optimize mobile devices to revamp your desktop

35) Cloud computing
  • The development of remote work would not be
    possible without cloud computing, and this trend
    should continue until after 2021. According to
    Gartner, public cloud services are expected to
    grow from 242.7 billion in 2019 to 6 306.9
    billion by 2021. With the growth that SaaS
    companies have seen in 2020 and some of the top
    tech companies
  • announcements that they will move to
    Remote-First, you can expect that companies will
    need new cloud computing to sustain progress.
  • Plan a long-term digital strategy that weights on
    cloud computing
  • Adopt a multi-cloud approach to build a private
    cloud infrastructure

There are tons of factors influencing website
success related to web design and web development
process. Therefore, the given list and hints/tips
may prove useful for the website owners and
website developers. Moreover, based on this
knowledge, you can select the right Website
Development Company for your web development
projects. Just test the knowledge and skills of
your web designers and web developers before
hiring them. Dont put your websites success at
risk check out what our web development team at
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