The basics of achieving online goals should be the same. Process should be laid out efficiently and proper tasks should become the backbone of our online operations. When it comes to web development and design, we should make sure that our website is able to draw the type of attention it really deserves. It is important to put a lot of smart and hard work, so we are able to make it a complete possibility. There are things we need to do so we are able to earn our website a rightful place among top echelons.
- Gather information: We should be aware about the real purpose of designing our own website. We should know what business are we into. There are purposes that we can achieve to our website. Many of us employ website to disseminate information. It can be our marketing messages or other types of information. We should have clear understanding of what we want to achieve through our website. We should know what it means to undertake specific tasks.
- Planning: After we gather information, we could arrive to the planning stage. We should consider various options of technology that is available in web design. It is also essential to create sitemap of our website during the planning stage. This should allow us to list all the main topics that should be facilitated by our website. There are outlines of basic features that can be showcased by user interface.
- Design: Design process is an important step and it should be thought out often. The look and feel of our website must be determined by our website design. We should always remember our target audience and we should proceed well with the overall design works. As an example, if we are establishing a website that target general population, we should make sure that we keep teenagers and adults in mind. Messages should be catchy enough, but still acceptable for adults. Our designers could have their own ideas based on their past experiences, but they should be in sync and complement our original ideas. In this case, web developers and website owners should stand at a common ground. Exchange of ideas will be both necessary and imminent.
- Development: It is the actual practical phase for the creation of our website. It is the transition between concepts to the actual functional representation. There are elements that we need to incorporate into the website. The creation of the homepage is essential and it should serve as the template for other website pages. There should also be positive distribution of content in the website. There are major elements that we need to include, such as flash animation, shopping carts and others. At this stage, they should be made functional. Valid should be properly written. Any code we have should properly comply with latest web standards. This will maximize functionality and this will improve accessibility for more audience. The next stage should be testing and delivery. This should provide us with finer details and we would be able to deal with compatibility issues.