Table of contents:
- Website development process - what does it depend on?
- The stages of website development.
- Work out the requirements and functions to be fulfilled by the website.
- Development of technical specifications, site map and offer.
- Signing of the contract.
- Graphic design of the website and planning of the content to be introduced.
- Development of a developer version of the website.
- Deployment of the website to the production server.
- Training on how to use the website.
- Support and development of the website.
- Article Summary.
Website development process - what does it depend on?
Website development process will largely depend on the size of the project, the technology used to develop the website and the functionality and requirements that the website should meet. In fact, each website development company may have a different production process.
In the following article I will try to give you an idea of what the website development process in our company looks like. The article will allow you to get to know the process that our clients go through
The stages of website development.
1. Work out the requirements and functions to be fulfilled by the website.
The beginning of the website development process is to discuss and work out all the requirements and functionalities that the website should meet. In order to approach this subject well and to make sure that nothing is overlooked, during this stage we offer our clients a meeting online or a telephone conversation. During such a meeting we are able to discuss all the requirements to be met by the website, develop its structure and, most importantly, we are able to advise on solutions which, by the use of the website, may improve the operation of the company. It is at this stage that we consider the choice of technology in which the website will be developed.
2. Development of technical specifications, site map and offer.
On the basis of the developed requirements and a short brief from the meeting, our specialists select appropriate technologies, create a brief technical specification and a sitemap (a block diagram mapping the structure and organisation of the website views). We try to make sure that every functionality of the website is properly documented. With this practice we are able to estimate the exact time of website production, the cost of the project and future development possibilities.
On the basis of the prepared project specification and sitemap we proceed to the website valuation process. During the project valuation we create an offer. The offer includes the amount of investment, implementation deadline and development opportunities.
3. Signing of the contract.
A very important stage in the website development process is signing a contract. This stage defines the framework of the created project protecting both the client and the contractor. Before making a final decision, we send each client a template contract, which we apply to every project.
4. Graphic design of the website and planning of the content to be introduced.
On the basis of a site map, provided materials and created documentation, a graphic designer creates a graphic design of the website. In the first step, a homepage proposal is created and sent to the client (the homepage proposal includes detailed comments for the graphic functionalities used). Then the homepage proposal is discussed during a meeting or a telephone conversation. At this stage it is possible to introduce changes, and then to refine the content of the website. If the design style is accepted, the next step is to create the rest of the website views and final approval of the graphic design, preceded by an active consultation between the project manager and the client.
5. Development of a developer version of the website.
With the graphic design of the website ready, the developers responsible for the front-end of the website are able to start working on the design template. In this stage of the website development process, we build the entire website template and then deploy it to our development server.
Once deployed, the website is available to us as well as our client. The development version of the website is used for us to make any final tweaks or changes. The development version is also used to check how all the functionalities work, and to develop new ones in the future.
6. Deployment of the website to the production server.
After the acceptance of the development version of the website, the time comes for its deployment on the production server - the final destination. This is the stage when your company's website is published on the Internet. After the website is installed, we begin integration tests. Any errors caused by moving the website or changing the server are checked. Next, we carry out optimisation work in order to increase its efficiency and improve the loading speed result. The last stage closing the deployment is securing the website, it is a key stage securing sensitive data of the website users.
7. Training on how to use the website.
After deploying a website, we create an administrator account for our clients so that they can edit the content posted on the website. For each website we deploy, we conduct specialised training on the use of the website and, if necessary, we write a user manual for the website and the administration panel.
8. Support and development of the website.
One of the most important steps in the website development process is post-implementation support and the ability to develop the created project. Our clients can count on our post-installation support and our employees are happy to help with the maintenance and development of the website. It is very important to understand that a website is a marketing tool and a tool to automate or streamline company processes. Each tool must be editable and must have the possibility of future development.
What does the website development process look like? - Summary
Our company's website development process is the path we take our clients through from point A to B. Without them, we are unable to create a quality project. Creating a website is about collaboration between us and the client and that collaboration is the key to success.
If you are looking for professional website developers for your business feel free to contact us. Our team is hungry for challenges and our specialists will make website development process an enjoyable journey for you.