The 10 stages of creating a website
That's generally how a website was born. These 10 steps are more or less respected (according to the expressed needs of the customer) but this is how a reliable and professional work for providing web development and web designing service.
Each step requires the availability and reactivity of the client. For its part, the webmaster should be listening, meet customer demands and confirm deadlines (especially if a dead-line for the site into production was notified in the specifications).
1. Before the Project and Preliminary Questions
To start your web project, it is important to ask yourself a few simple but essential questions:
- Do you really need a website and why?
- What do you expect from your website?
- Who should he send?
- What kind of content you want to get online?
- Should we develop specific features?
- Would you like to set the type of website design: showcase site - Site Catalog - e-commerce website - professional blog?
- Have you identified your competitors? How do they communicate?
- What is your budget?
It is from the answers to these questions you will be able to express your project to a webmaster who can then offer you the best solution for your needs.
2. Setting Objectives through Specifications
The specification is an essential support for the success of your web design and web development project. Indeed, on this document you will express all your expectations as clearly as possible and what your needs are. It will fit the services to be provided and set goals to your webmaster.
- Technical and detailed study of the project and its features,
- Choice of technical solution to use (XHTML, PHP, Open Source CMS, custom development)
- Responsive web design, adaptive website, mobile site?
- Study of the SEO strategy.
- Definition of the tree and sections of the site.
- Setting the type of accommodation, reservation of the domain name, technical guarantee and maintenance,
- Completion date and delivery schedule.
3. The quote
The estimate is a document that is drawn from the specifications that you have completed.
It will be sent for validation (or not). Once you have accepted the terms of the estimation (indicated by the payment of a deposit), the webmaster can begin work.
4. Graphic and Web Design
The first thing to do is to define what will be the visual identity of your website. The goal here is to try to define and create the graphic design of your site (colors, fonts, logo, illustrations, etc.). This step can be performed in collaboration with an external service provider (graphic communication agency, etc.) Achieving one or more custom design concepts developed from elements of the specification and validation.
5. Web Design
Issue now goes to the heart of. Your webmaster begins the technical creation of your website and implements the features that you wished for in the specifications. Depending on what you have agreed, it will also handle the integration of content (images, video, text) you have provided. According to the technical solution is chosen, you may be able to follow the live progress of work.
Now it's your work. With the access codes to the admin panel of your future website, your webmaster gives you a Quick Start guide of your site. This support shows the main functions that you use every day. Transfer the control of website from the provider to the customer. Now customer take control of his site management.
7. SEO Optimization
Having a website is good. Making it to be seen even better! This step enabled the party on-page , i.e.: re-write some content (keywords), validate the keyword density, check the texts ratio / images, heal description tags and title of each page, etc. Checking the validity of the source code, validation against the W3C, inputting of potential fixes.
8. Uploading Site
This is the “big day “as expected. Your website is published on the final server that is attached to your domain name you have booked with accommodation.
Your webmaster completes the last points of the server configuration (.HTACCESS, URL Rewriting, 301, 404 page ...), statistics tracking setup: incoming traffic, bounce rate, visitor’s browser, duration sessions, pages visited, etc. Generating and submitting the sitemap (site map) to search engines to start indexation of the pages.
Now that your site is “visible ", your webmaster will ensure that it is easily findable by users. The goal of SEO is to increase the visibility of your website. Web site promotion on social networks, forums, integration with general search engines, on general and specialized directories.
10. Monitoring and Support
Now that your website is in production, your webmaster go with you as needed to ensure the smooth running daily and future development. As a professional and as required, it will monitor the proper functioning, it will bring any fixes and it will ensure the evolution of the implemented features.
He will also be responsible to perform regular backup of the site and the database. Because my clients do not have the time and sufficient technical skills, I always offers assistance and techniques tracking sites I book. Feel free to contact us to know our solutions in terms of web mastering.