It is the website that a viewer first notices while availing the service of any organization.An information rich site always appears on top in the search engines and also lures viewers towards it. Irrespective of the fact how attractive the website is audiences will not go through itif it doesnot have any useful and unique information that caters their need. So, whenit is about web development, there are few guidelines that designers need to follow. The process can be divided into different steps, which adhere to standards and help to accomplish high quality of work.
Gather required information
The first step involves gathering information from clients. You need to understand the reason or the need of the website, and this integral to the process.There is a tool called creative brief that designers use to know the aim and scope of the website. There are no preset questions as those are tailored as per the need of the client and the nature of the websites. Generally, this questionnaire covers areas like:
- Target audience of the client
- Primary goal as well as the secondary goal of the website.
- Budget of the projects.
- Deadlines set by the client.
- Brand positioning of the product or the services provided by them.
Formulate designing strategy
After you are clear about the aim of the website, the very next step is to plan the procedures that you need to adopt to get the work done. This starts with the creation of a design strategy, to envisage the client’s needs. Creative brief gives insight of the process and how to build one website. This can be done in three steps.
- You have to do some amount of research of the competing websites and identify the market trends.
- Start sketching your ideas by using differenttools.
- Lastly you have to decide the technologies and tools that will be used in developing the website.
Get client feedback
With the first two steps completed, the third step that is the designing becomes really very easy. Use a tool of your choiceand give life to the sketch that you have already outlined. In this phase, it is important to seek regularfeedback from clients to make sure that you have met their requirement.Throughout the process of web development, it is important seek feedback from clients at everystage of the work and also test the outcome regularly. This helps in avoiding future glitches.
Test the site
Once you are over with designing, the nest important thing is to transform it to a real one. It is advisable to start with CSS and HTML. Add the title, meta tags, descriptions in case you are intending to use Content Management System later. Next add images and texts. After adding these codes, make sure that you validate those with the help of validation tool. You need to make sure that the websites works and looks the way client intended it to look. Also see to it that in whatever way the user is accessing the site, they get a uniform experience. By using different tools, you need to debug the site, and it runs at an optimum speed.
If you completed all the above mentioned steps successfully, then it is time to launch the site. The designers upload the site to a server and installs WordPress, essential plugins to the site. It is tested whether the required files are uploaded properly and that it is functional. With this, site can be viewed by public. The last step is maintenance of the site. To draw more viewers, often you need to update content of the site regularly. Often the designers provide different packages at discounted rates for the maintenance work. At the onset of the process, you can decide on the terms of maintenance, and strike a deal with the client.
Author Bio: Kevin White is a web designer. He has helped many of his clients in developing a good and information rich website.