Currently, programming standards are varied and constantly changing; however, the arrival of WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and other CMS (Content Management Systems) makes website design and development easier and more comfortable. Also, we have a guaranteed optimized code that gets actualized frequently. Even with all these new tools, web design is not an easy task and requires several factors.
We can summarize the web design process in four stages:
- User Requirements: These is the stage where both parties meet to determine and isolate the web design requires, what needs to be done. The client’s problems need to be discussed to provide a full custom web design that meets all the client’s needs. It is in this step that the client’s domain is established if they don’t have one. The web design costs are determined, since not all website designs require the same amount of work website development prices vary from client to client.
- Web Design: The web design interface is determined, what is the logo, or if the logo needs redesigning. The layout and structure of the site is also established. It is a good practice to create a sitemap. Keep in mind the colors in the corporate identity manual to not make abrupt changes that deviate from the corporate identity.
- Implementation: At this phase in the process the web design starts to develop. The web development team starts to program all the parameters defined in the “User Requirements” stage. Then unit and overload testing is done to ensure the system does not collapse and that it respects all the current standards. This is done using the most efficient standards. During this stage of the process frequent meetings with the client are encouraged to assess if the web design is moving in the right direction.
- Evaluation and Publication: At this stage the completed web design project is presented to the client for final approval. Complete functionality is checked, and the client is taken step by step through the workflow to test the system and see if all requirements established in the first stage were met. Once you get the final approval the website is made public.
The steps that follow in the web design process are probably the most important, the ones that will require the most time, and the most frustrating ones because the changes will not be noticeable until after some time. What comes next is creating social profiles and a thorough SEO work. To make this part of the work more pleasant there are some techniques and software we will be discussing later on.