The process of web development – an introduction

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Technology has brought a change in how business is approached and conducted. From advertising to retail and customer interaction the process has not only been revolutionized but also made more appealing. A website is a series of integrated pages on the web containing all relevant information regarding a particular item or service that are interlinked together.

Web development is the documented process that is indicative of all the steps followed to ensure that the web pages have been creating. The interlinked web pages form a website. The web development phase is usually a thorough process that has to be keenly adhered to in order for the website created to meet the required conditions. The phases of formation include:

1. Information gathering

The contents of the web to be developed are investigated at this stage. All relevant information has to be put in consideration in order for the website to be content oriented. The core functioning of the operations of the institution that for which the website is being developed has to be understood solidly. The key considerations during this stage include:

  • Main purpose – By understanding what is the purpose or main message that needs to be passed and raising relevant questions such as what is ideally being sold or presented all help in the buildup process.
  • Target – What is the audience or group of people being targeted, is it a specific group or a wide range of audience. Answering these questions will help in delivery of a well-sought website that will harness the needs of the audience.
  • Content – Here the information to be displayed or that the client will come looking for is listed after identification. This helps to weed out unnecessary information.

2. Planning

This stage requires various interactions with the client and all details are followed to the letter. It includes:

  • Requirements Analysis – Here the goals of the client are addressed and input from both the client and developer is addressed.
  • Project documentation – All the documents in the previous stages that have been gathered and agreed upon are summed and agreed upon. Their role is that of reference provision throughout the whole process.
  • Mapping – This calls for a sitemap that guides all users lost or seeking for information. A good practice here entails links inclusion and a chronological order of pages should be listed.
  • Roles definition and copyrights consideration – This is a key element in the whole documentation process. All payments agreed upon deadlines and contract commencement and termination should be addressed.

3. Content listing

After listing the user’s goals and needs the process of creating required content takes effect. Individual content for pages is created with an eye for search engine optimization. All the content deliverables are listed and it is essential that real content that a client can optimize is achieved.

4. Testing

Here all the pages are defined, from the content to appearance and presentation. It is thus important to ensure that the whole site is functional. Activities such as the inclusion of manual browsing of the site to be accessible from an array of devices are conducted. Automation of the site helps identify the users feel and experience and error or broken links they are corrected.

Once all issues have been addressed the next phase begins.

5. Launch

Here, all the deliverables have been met, the site is working without fail and the information upon request is being displayed. Key to note is that even after the launch the web process still continues and hosting the website will call for constant testing, updating, new feature addition, analytics revision and search engine optimization.

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