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Web Development: The Complete Process

Want to promote your business on wider scale, to grow the business; or you want to present simple business profile of your company online. Almost, all the business entities; be it small scale or large scale limited companies need to develop the website at certain point. Now, if you do not know the designing in Photoshop or HTML coding, then you need to hire some professional web designer to get the work done.

While dealing with such kind of important project, which will be purely responsible for the growth of your business. It is very necessary to understand few technical aspects; like what kind of language they will use to process your website (PHP, Java,.Net programming, CMS, backend database handling).

In this article, I will discuss some basic phase of website designing and web development process. How the pipeline exactly work out to get the final result:

Content of the website

Content of the website matters a lot for the growth of business. It reflects your business image. What all information you want to give on your website for the user to read. The services you offer, the product you manufacture and sell, about your company and business. Genuine and solid content plays an integral part for the promotion of your website. It is the role of your web designer to organize the content in such a manner that increases your productivity. But you should have some basic knowledge about:

– What all information will be publishing in your website?
– In how much time period you will update the information on your website; will it be frequent changes or after some long period of time. For Example, if you are designing a portfolio of your own company then your Gallery page will be updates frequently and the webpage of services offered by company will be static. Business News, Blogs, Client Updates etc will be updated in a short span of time.

Though content writing is not included in the designing part of website but these days the website designing companies offer such services to their clients by offering some charges. However, if you feel that your content will change frequently; then you need to think about it that who will make the changes on a regular basis for your website. Who will be writing articles and news updates for your business website? Consider all these prospects and then decide the pipeline for further processing.

Wire framing

Designing a website is not all about the combination of graphic images. It is a deep process of organizing the business information in a proper manner. The designing companies do a Wire-Framing process before designing the WebPages for accurate and good results. Wire-framing is the designing and planning of a blueprint which includes all the necessary information and graphics to be added.

Designing

After the completion of complete wire framing process; the designer step into the next part of pipeline which is called Graphical Designing. It depend on the designer that how he want to proceed further; basically there are two different ways: 1) Design a frame according to company’s business nature and proceed further by the feedback and corrections given by client. 2) Other way is to provide 3 – 4 final designs and get the best one choose by client, with minor modifications or add on if required.

One thing you need to consider while finalizing the design is that you are looking at a standard design in a JPEG form. It is not clickable at that point of time. So, you need to discuss the mouse over, clickable functionality, rollovers etc. It is always better to discuss such things with your designer to make the things more clear.

Development

After the completion of designing part for the website; it moves on to the development stage. It is all about programming, coding and working of functionality which comes under the development part. It is very important for you to understand that once the project move into development stage; making any changes in designing part will cost you more charges. It is easy to make the changes in designing stage. While making a minor change of design in development part can be time taking as it’s all about programming and coding.

You will find very few people who handle designing and development at their own. Mostly, the designers and developers are two different people. However, you can find the designer and developer working together in a website designing firm. It is good to make an interaction with the designer and developer to understand the work flow in a better way. In a designing company, there will be some management or person who understand your complete business requirement and get the work done with their professionally qualified designers and developers.

Testing

Once the development of website is completed, it is the time to test the functionality and linking of WebPages. For this, the website is first uploaded on a temporary server for testing the overall performance and complete functionality. You need to understand this very clearly that If, at this stage of the process; you need to make any simple minor change or adding some functionality into it, you will be charged extra for that. The testing part comes after the completion of website development. It is very important that you properly test the complete functionality of the site.

Hosting

Your website is completed, it’s working perfectly fine. Now, the question comes of uploading the website on internet. Your website should be accessible on every computer via World Wide Web. You need to upload the website on a web server; which will be accessible by you with the help of FTP. It is better to discuss all this with the website designing firm. Most of the website designing firms offers domain registration and web hosting services also. Launching your website is a part of your web development process.

Assistance

The role of designing company is completed after uploading the website on web server. But, if you are not able to handle the website at your own; then you need some assistance to handle the website. You should know that whom to contact if someday, your website is not working properly due to some technical glitch. It is not the part of any website designing firm to give you assistance lifelong. But, it’s always better to make a contract with your designing firm to provide you assistance while dealing with such errors.

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