Phase 1. Start Collecting Information: Purpose, Key Targets, and Target Market
This stage, the exploration and testing stage, decides how the next steps will look like. At this point, the most critical thing is to get a better picture of the aims of your upcoming website, the key targets you want to accomplish, and the target market you want to draw to your platform. Some kind of questionnaire on website development aims to establish the right approach for future project management. The news outlet varies from entertainment blogs, and teen internet services are distinct from adult outlets. Different types of websites have specific features for users, which means that various techniques can be used according to the purposes. A well-described and comprehensive strategy based on this pre-development data will prevent you from wasting extra time on addressing unforeseen issues such as modifying the design or implementing unplanned features.
Estimated time: 1-2 weeks
Step 2. Planning: Sitemap and Wireframe Creation
At this stage of the website development cycle, the developer creates the data that allows a customer to judge how the entire site will look like. Based on the information that was gathered together in the previous phase, the sitemap is created. The sitemap will define the relationships between your website’s principal areas. Such representation will allow us to consider how the final result would be functional. It will show you the “relationship” between the various pages of a website, and if you start from the main page, you will decide how convenient it would be for the end-user to locate the appropriate information or service. The key reason behind the development of the sitemap is to create a website that is user friendly and easy to navigate. The sitemap allows you to understand how a website looks like its internal structure but does not describe the user interface. Often, before you start coding or just working on a concept, there’s a need to get a customer confirms that it looks perfect before you can launch the next development process. In this case, it produces a wireframe or a mock-up. A wireframe is a visual representation of the user interface which you would be building. But it does not include elements of architecture such as colors, badges, etc. It just defines the elements which are to be applied to the page and its position. In the production sketch, it is artless and simple.
Estimated time: 2-6 weeks
Step 3. Design: Page Layouts, Analysis, and Acceptance Process
The website takes shape during the design phase. This stage produces all the visual content, such as pictures, photographs, and videos. Again, all of the data gathered during the first step is important. It’s necessary to keep in mind the client and target market when working on a concept. The architecture of the Website is the product of the work of a designer. That may be a real graphic drawing or web design. The key role of the layout is to represent the structure of the text, to illustrate the material, and to show the basic functionality. Layouts include colors, labels, pictures which can provide a general impression of future products. The customer will then review the model and give you the input afterward. If the client is unsure of certain aspects of your design, you should change the layout and return it to him. This process will be replicated before customer service is complete.
Estimated time: 4-12 weeks
Step 4. Content Writing and Assembly
Content writing and compilation typically overlaps with other stages of making websites and its function can not be underestimated. At this point, the very meaning you would like to convey to your website’s audience and add calls-to-action must be put in writing. Creating material often includes producing capturing headlines, updating text, writing new text, reviewing the original text, etc., which requires time and energy. In addition, the customer undertakes to have information on the website ready for migration to the internet. It is safer if all website information is given before or after the coding of the website.
Estimated time: 5-15 weeks
Phase 5. Coding
You can at last start designing the website itself at this stage. The graphic elements developed during the preceding stages will be used to create a website itself. The home page is normally first created, and then all subpages are added according to the website hierarchy previously created in the form of a sitemap. Applications and CMS will be put in order to ensure that the system is able to manage the deployment and configuration easily.
It is important to build and check all static web page elements which were built during the development of the mock-up and layout. Then, you can incorporate special features and interactivity. A deep awareness of the creation of websites. If you are using CMS to build a blog, you can also add CMS plugins at this stage if need be. SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is another crucial step. SEO is the optimization of website elements (e.g. title, definition, keyword) which can help the site achieve higher search engine rankings. And again for SEO, valid code is pretty relevant.
Estimated time:6 -15 weeks
Step 6. Testing, Review, and Launch
Testing is usually the aspect of a cycle that is most normal. Every single link should be tested to ensure that they do not have broken ones. To find potential typos you should check every shape, every document, run a spell-checking program. Using an approved code to verify if the code is compatible with existing web standards. For example, valid code is required if cross-browser compatibility is important to you. After checking the website and reviewing it again, it’s time to send it to a server. To this end, an FTP app (File Transfer Protocol) is used. You will run another, final check after you have deployed the software to make sure all of the software has been configured correctly.
Estimated time: 2-4 weeks
Step 7. Maintenance: Opinion Monitoring and Regular Updating
What needs to be noted is that a website is more like a service than a commodity. “Delivering” a website to a customer isn’t enough. You should also make sure that all works well, and that everyone is satisfied and always prepared to make changes in another case.
Feedback feature applied to the web helps you to spot potential issues encountered by end-users. In this case, the top priority function is to resolve the problem as soon as possible. If you don’t, one day you may find that your customers choose to use a different website instead of putting up with the inconvenience. The other important thing is to keep checking the website. If you’re using a CMS, daily upgrades will eliminate vulnerabilities and reduce the security risks.
Estimated time: continuous