18 Nov 6-Step Guide to Build a Perfect Website
Just like software, websites can also be developed using certain concrete methods. Let’s follow and analyze steps to make a desired website.
- Information Gathering
- Testing and Delivery
1. Information Gathering: Purpose, Goals, Target Audience and Content
For designing a successful website the first step is to gather all information needed.
The first step is very important as it involves a solid understanding of yourself, what your business goal is and how can you utilize the idea to achieve your goals.
Never hesitate to answer as many questions asked by your designer as it is very important for him to understand you, your business and what can they do for your website.
- Purpose: sell or promote a service?
- Goals: Make money or share information
- Target Audience: Group of people, youth / corporate people or by a particular interest.
- Content: What information you would want the targeted audience to get for any particular service or product.
2. Planning: Sitemap and wireframe Creations
After gathering all information now it is time to create a plan for your website design and development.
Site map is a list of topics area of the site. This works as guide of what all content has to be on site and an easy user-friendly interface and navigation for the end-user (your customer) as they will be learning about your website and what services you provide.
Planning phase, where your designer will inform you about which technologies should be implemented. Elements such as CMS (content management system) such as WordPress any forms needed on website and more.
3. Web Design: Page Layout, Review, and Approval
Now it’s time to make a perfect look and feel for your website.
The layout totally depends on your targeted audience i.e. a website made for youth cannot be used for corporate or professional finance company. It is very important to choose colors that will strengthen you company and a Logo which defines or gives an idea about your profile.
Now the designers make mockup of the site and send the client in form of .jpg to show how the site would look like. This can take a while as many changes have to be made for final output. This is a very crucial stage as being a designer you should show your progress and also take likes and dislikes from the client and combine both views to get a desired output for the website.
4. Web Development
Now that the final design has been made, the designers works on transforming the mock ups to a working model. Choose the latest platform with a right framework such as WordPress, Magento etc. Website Development process can be divided into two parts:
A. Frontend Development:
As the name refers, the developed client app is seen by the user/customers. All designs are converted to HTML pages with necessary animation and effects. It is important to consider the importance of mobile devices where the web app should be responsive and user friendly.
B. Backend Development:
This development refers to the server-side which is the heart of the front end. Specially appointed back end developers create the server where application, data, and all other key features which are required to run the website smoothly.
5.Testing and Deployment
After developing the site now it’s time to test on the server, also the client needs access to check and ask for changes where needed. A team performs many checks such as: quality, functionality test, compatibility test, performance, etc. and ensures that the site is now ready to launch for the users. Once getting a green flag from the team the site is deployed to the server using FTP (file transfer protocol). At WNA InfoTech, we use, Filezilla, Github and more to deploy the website on the server.
For review purpose, we launch the beta release and check the page speed and w3c validation.
Tools: GTmatrix, Google Page speed tool, W3c Validation, and Web Site Security Testing Tools
The work does not end here….
6. Maintenance & Support
“Deliver” is just not enough a designer will do to his/her client. What’s important is that website is more of a service so should make sure everything runs perfectly and no one faces any problems. Feedback system is added to gather information from the users regarding the website and accordingly changes/Repairs have to be made to make it more user friendly. Using CMS helps you to keep everything updated, bugs free and also helps making security stronger.
We hope this post can encourage you to figuration your website design and development process. At WNA Infotech, we achieve better results by following these fundamentals for website designing and developing. You can hire our designers to create superb web designs following a system.