Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Art Of Developing Website.

When it comes to web designing and development; if you are expecting your website to draw the kind of attention it deserves, then you must put a lot of hard work and smart work together to make it a possibility. Follow the golden rule of 6 steps to earn your website its rightful place among the echelons of websites dealing in businesses online. These 6 steps are as follows:-

Step One – Gathering the information: One has to have a very clear understanding of what he/she aims to achieve through the website and what means would he choose to undertake the task. The second question to ask would be the goals which the person wants to achieve through this website. Who would be the target audience for such kind of online activity?

Step Two – Planning: After the gathering of the information, comes the stage of planning. In this stage processes are undertaken:-

  • Considering the various technology options available for web designing.

  • Creation of the site map that lists down all the main-topic areas in the website along with the sub-topics so as to facilitate the ease of navigation on the website.

  • Outlining the basic features that you intend to be showcased in the user interface.

Step Three – Design: This is the most important step in the process and needs to be thought out many times in advance before actually approaching the development of the website. The look and feel of your website would be determined by your website design. Always keep in mind your target audience while proceeding with the design work of your website.

Step Four – Development: This is the step of genesis or the creation of the website. The steps which go into the development of the website are as follows:-

  • Creation of the homepage.

  • Creation of a “shell” for the interior pages, which serves as a template for the other content pages of the website.

  • Distribution of the content throughout the website.

  • Other major elements such as ecommerce shopping carts, flash animations etc too are made functional at this stage.

Step Five – Testing and Delivery: This is the time to give attention to the finer details. In case of web browsers, compatibility issues, if any, need to be resolved. XHTML and CSS are the basic technologies used in web development.After all these formalities are taken care of, comes the phase of the website launch. An FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program is used to upload the web site files to your server. Just a last run-through would be required before your website goes LIVE on the web.

Step Six – Maintenance: This step is often ignored by web developers and has lead to the downfall of many promising websites. Updating the technology is an integral issue in maintenance and when it comes to the content, it needs to be updated with a CMS or a Content management system.

For more information please feel free to contact A-1 Technology.