A typical website development process can be broken down into specific logical steps that help developers and designers to deliver according to client expectations and requirements. These steps will broadly encompass the entire development life cycle and is considered as a standard industry practice.
1. Requirement Gathering and Analysis
The first and perhaps the most important step is to clearly understand the client’s requirements which will help you to generate a solid work plan and hence enabling you to structure your team, time and effort accordingly.
2. Getting further into Specifics
This is the stage where you start building the concept of the website in terms of a wireframe, sitemap and designing elements. It helps you to decide on the static and dynamic pages of the website with a better understanding of the site navigation.
It is one of the most vital stages of website development and also the step which decides the future of the project. Proper implementation broadly entails:
a) Design and Development
b) Content Writing
Customer feedback is absolutely critical in all the above 3 activities to enhance trust and top notch quality. Effective Communication between the delivery team and the client is very important for a successful implementation.
4. Testing, and Maintenance and Promotion
A thorough testing is essential in any website development process and should not be ignored or done casually at any cost. Some of the important testing that needs to be done are Scalability testing, Integration testing, load testing, resolution testing and cross-browser compatibility testing.
After an intensive testing, developers need to follow all the SEO and SMO best practices which help in proper website promotion. Further options can be explored on client’s request.
Finally, website maintenance though regular checks on proper functioning of the above activities and frequently updating dynamic as well as static content should be carried out.