Everything has a process. Learning more about life has a process. Deciding on which item is better has a process. Of course, website design and development also undergo a process.
Each project has a series of steps to be followed. Plus, agencies integrate the clients' criteria and requirements to these projects. In simpler terms, a website is not built with just a snap of a finger or combinations of ideas. Members of content, design, and development brainstorm together to come up with ideas and how to flawlessly execute the idea into the website.
Those steps are the formula to create award-winning websites; here is a list of how modern website design agencies build one.
Step #1: Identifying the Business Stage A ship will become lost if there is no destination. The same goes for building a website. For web agencies, the presence of the creative brief is the secret to proceed within the project properly.
Creative briefs are the documents that outline the website's end goal. It shows a list of crucial information, such as target market, objectives, competitors, to mould a website idea.
Step #2: Planning Stage After understanding what the client wants or aims for, the next step is creating a plan on how to make the idea into a reality.
Creating a plan should involve each involved member to come up with a quote on how long each task will take based on the creative brief. Quotes help in scheduling the tasks and their deadlines. However, the team should be aware that schedules need realistic timelines and strategic planning. Without the two, the plan will crumble, leading to delays, more money expenditures, or even the loss of a client.
Step #3: Design and Development Stage After conducting a meeting about the creative brief and schedule of the project, the third step is to start with the designing and development of the website.
Several design elements will already be determined if your clients are already an established brand. Brand guidelines will dictate on what colour to use, the size of the logo, and more. On the other hand, starting businesses are still identifying itself among the competition. Designers have more freedom to suggest designs that will likely fit the website.
Once the design is done, the baton is passed to the developers to start building the website through code. Developers follow a coding process, which should already be considered during the planning stage. Both front-end and back-end development will get started and complement each other as they build the website, whether from scratch or through a Content Management System (CMS),
Step #4: Testing Stage The testing stage doesn't necessarily come after the development phase because developers test the website from time to time. Despite being at the same time as the development phase, checking the website is a vital step in making sure it works prior and after launch.
The team tests different website functions: usability, responsiveness, performance, interface, security, and more. Checking a website allows the team to go back and correct errors or mistakes before handing it to the client. An agency's reputation is on the line if the finished product has errors in it.
Step #5: Launch Stage Finally, the website is built and ready to be shown to the world. Launching a website is when it is transferred to the local server to the live server. People will now get to see your website if they use the right keywords on search engines. Moreover, if you use the right marketing tools, you could increase your leads and brand presence on the internet.
Bonus Step: Maintaining Stage Launching a website is not the final stage of the process. It's more like the testing phase never finished.
Sorry to burst your bubble but to build a website will continue as long as you have a website. It's an investment.
Maintenance is crucial in keeping your website up and running. It's also under this phase when you fix errors after launch, update new and additional content, integrate customer feedback, and redesign it based on the latest trends.
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