Whether your company is big or small, the website development is going to be an essential part of your business. Depending on the size and specifics of the company, the needs and requirements might vary from consulting services to the actual site development and maintenance. The services provided will also depend on the contractor you hire. Anyway, whatever you need, everything starts with the scope you create.
First of all, you will need to do some planning. This is the first step in any process, and it might save you time and money in the future and help to avoid misunderstandings. So, let’s see, what should your preparations include.
Another tip before we dive into the process itself is to get offers from several companies. Providing your data and asking for the plan and pricing is not binding. You should review the info from several contractors and go with the one you find most suitable. Now, for a better understanding of the process, let’s look at the five stages of the website development.
Information Gathering. At this step, the team you will be working with, will collect all the necessary details from you to perform an assessment of tasks, create a scope for work, and provide you with the costs for the development. If you have a representation of how your future website should look like, it will be a great help in the development process. For example, you found a website that you like so you can suggest it as a reference to the team. The discussion process is not a one day job and can take up to several weeks before everything is finalized.
This stage of development also includes further design as soon as the basic layouts and processes have been approved. If required, a Content Manager or Copywriter can help you with the creation or update of the content for your project. The design will be then approved with you before further implementation.
Web Development. This is where the coding begins. All the information gathered and the design project gets forwarded to web developers for implementation. The first stage of the process will be front-end development. As soon as it’s finished, you will be able to test the material, to make sure everything was done as expected. Once the front-end part has been approved, the back-end development begins. The process duration depends on the technologies used. However, this is the point where all the functionality is implemented and your site gets a digital view.
Testing & Delivery. At this stage of the process, your website is almost ready. To ensure the proper functioning and absence of any bugs in the system, the team will perform their testing. But, you will not be excluded from the process as well. You will be able to try out your future website from the customer’s point of view to see if there are any processes or features that are not working properly or are simply inconvenient. After the testing is done, you get the end product.
Maintenance of the website. This step might be excluded or simplified if your budget does not allow you having a development team at hand at any time, or if you consider that no work will be required for the website in the near future. However, we would advise you to keep in mind the team who developed your website, as they will have the best knowledge about everything there. And, thus, they will be the best help if you get any trouble or need any updates or improvements.
The website development process is not always easy and might be time- and money-consuming. But, it’s always a smart investment into the business. Your website is your business card and is often a reason for people to use or drop a service. That is why a professional development team, creating your site is always a good idea. You will get a quality advice from people working in the field and can save a lot of time as you get to focus on other tasks.
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