First time when you hear about website development, most of us are having a thought like it is only about coding using a suitable technical language. But that’s not the case, there are lot other big and small things to do apart from programming. Here are the 7 stages to successfully develop a website which almost everyone are aware of – Collecting Information, planning, design, content inclusion, coding, testing and maintenance.
Before jumping directly into the development process, any business whether it is a website development giant or just a simple service provider, they think twice about two main aspects – budget and time. So to help manage the entire process a timeline is necessary, primarily to add and set milestone for each of them. This is a feasible way to ensure you completes the assigned work before deadline.
So keeping up the prior duties in mind let us go to each step that comes under a website development life cycle processes.
Pre Development Process:
Actually this cant be included in the life cycle as it is a pre website development process, where a lot of researches have to be given to collect relevant informations to include. Also you have to decide the goal, motive and the target audience’s desire. This makes sure that the project doesn’t get stuck in the middle which can be huge loss for the business. The procedure might be entirely different for a media and an educational websites as both of them are build for different purpose.
Initially in this stage usually a scheme is organised that gives a chance for the customers to bring relevant feedback about how website should be. The reason why this method is employed here is to target the audience. Secondly, a sitemap or the list of pages to be included in the site is created, applying suitable designs. User friendliness and navigability is to be ensured so that it will be easy for the user to get the services. Finally a demo model also called a wireframe for display is built.
The information collected using researches in the first phase are important in the design process as actual construction of the website is executed here. Contents to include like images, audios, videos are done in this step. Layout that constitutes the visual aspects like colouring, typography etc are the job of web designers. After that it is sent to the customers for reviewing and the arrangements should be altered once they find any fault. It must be subjected for feedback until the users are satisfied.
An attractive and unique content for the website is highly crucial to grab the attention of the people. The writings are done to communicate with the customers and let the users know about the services you are offering. Eye catchy headlines, captions, paragraphs, blogs etc in an easy understandable way are the work of creative website content writers. On successful finish, the subject is uplifted to the site in their respective sessions for the viewers to see.
Its time for the developers to come into play with their coding skills as it is the actual development of the website based on components built in the design process. Home page is the first to be created following other sections along with sub categories which depends on the sitemap in the planning phase. Content management section and structure is to be executed to ensure that the digital contents are well stored in the database. Notably search engine optimization has also got a major role in the process to help accomplish higher ranking in search engines.
Each and every contents in the website must be tested to make sure that it works as intended by the user. Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC) is a series of tests to run on different components which includes requirement analysis, test planning, test case development, test execution and reporting for bugs. Not only frequent checks are needed but also faulty elements is to be resolved. Tools are available for automated testing like selenium, loadrunner, qtp and qc. However manual method can also be utilized which takes time.
The job is not yet finished after successful launch of the website. Because not all ideas comes in the minds of people included in website development life cycle process. Customers who are in enormous number have more creative senses to share with you. Feedback column should be planted on every site for the user to reply in case they have any suggestion or complaint. Remnant work is the duty of the team again to resolve and maintain the pages till the end.
Quality in each phase of the project shows how productive the team is. Eventhough it is recommended to choose creative minds for development of the website, it may depends on the personality. Sometimes a fresher in the field will act more efficiently than an experienced. An agile website should be created which allows to alter the contents quickly according to the customer feedback. High commitment and hard work enables you to have full control over the project till the end.