What are the different phases in web development?

By nayanathara | 31st March 2015 | 3 min read

Today, a professionally designed website is one of the most recognized and effective mediums to promote business and organizational growth. A systematic and streamlined web development process follows several standard frameworks, methodologies, languages, and modeling tools to ensure timely delivery and quality control.

Following are the various processes involved in website development:

Identify the specific requirements of the client: First of all, you have to identify the specific goals, objectives, and requirements of the client. This helps to make informed decisions, right from the structure of the website and naming conventions to the design used in the site. The stakeholders would have to be interviewed to identify the strategic objectives of the website, understand the requirements of the audience, and to identify the major competitors. The final project brief should include the project summary, goals, target audiences, key brand messages, and an overview of competitors.

Project Scope: Defining the project scope is an important step in the web development process. Creating a well-structured project scope plan helps to precisely outline specific tasks and deliverables, along with timelines, thus helping you to define clear expectations for your clients.

Site Architecture: Site architecture involves the sitemap and wireframes of the pages in the site. The sitemap displays the relationship between all the key pages in the website and defines how the navigation of the website should be structured. Wireframes act as a guide for defining content hierarchy and provides a comprehensive view of the content that would appear on each page.

Visual Design: The next step in the process is to create a visual style. This is often determined by the organization's visual brand. The visual design would help to convey the major brand perceptual ideas.

Website Development: The approval of the design is followed by a host of activities - the designs of the pages are fleshed out, new content is developed, old content is revamped, and videos, slideshows, and other media that will appear on the website are created.

Site Testing: Testing of the site is crucial as there will be obvious issues that need to be taken care of before the site goes live. Needless to say, a website with broken design elements or grammatical errors in content is sure to land your brand in troubled waters. Hence, the site has to be reviewed on multiple browsers and multiple devices (laptops, tablets, and mobile) to check if it is functioning properly.

Website launch: After the website is tested, reviewed and approved by the stakeholders, it is launched. Take the feedback from users about the new site and resolve immediate issues such as fixing broken links, modifying content etc.

Maintenance: Websites require constant updation and maintenance. Updating the content, making backend changes, and fixing broken links could all be done in a day. Remember, all the stages mentioned above are significant to the Web design process.

The above-mentioned steps alone are not restricted to web application or website development. But even if you are a small development firm, if you adopt certain planning along with these web engineering steps in mind, it will definitely reflect in the top notch quality of the final outcome.

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