Which are the stages for creating a website?

July 31, 2023 by Stonewave team

The most crucial part of a website’s development process are the stages of collecting information, detailed design and maintenance after it is published.

In this article, we will analyze this process by describing these stages:

1. Collecting information: During this stage you define the website’s main purpose, its primary goals and its target audience. It is vital to fully understand your website’s future goals in order to attract the right kind of audience and achieve the desired outcome. Depending on its type, every website offers its visitors a different kind of functionality and navigation experience, which means that it needs to employ specific techniques and technologies in order to achieve that.

2. The information collected needs to be organized by creating a sitemap and a wireframe. During this stage of the development process, the developer creates the elements that will allow the client to decide the general look and feel of the website. The sitemap must describe the connection between the main sections of the website. The main goal of the sitemap is to create a user-friendly experience and easy navigation for its users. Before the developer starts coding or designing the website, it is essential to receive the final approval from the client in order to proceed to the next development stage. During this stage, a visual representation (wireframe) of user interaction is designed. The wireframe does not include design elements such as colors, logos etc. It simply describes the elements that will be included in the website along with their respective positioning.

3. The design: During this stage, the website starts to take shape. The design includes all the visual content such as images and videos. The layout of the pages is the designer’s responsibility and it can be a either a sketch or a complete graphic design project. All the designs must include color palettes, images, logos and an overall concise interpretation of how the future website should look like. Once the design is complete, the client provides feedback for changes and/or improvements. This process is repeated until the client is satisfied with the final result.

4.Writing and assembling the content: At this point, it is necessary to put together the content via which you wish to communicate with your users. Content creation requires time and effort in order to assemble attractive headings and interesting text that will captivate your audience. An important rule is that the client must provide the developer with all the necessary content before the website’s development starts. 

5. Development: This is when the developer starts coding and uses all the graphic design elements to create the actual website. The homepage is created first and the rest of the pages follow according to the sitemap’s structure. All the static elements that were created during the design stage must be developed and tested. After that is completed, you continue with the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) process. 

6. Testing, reevaluating and publishing: Every link of the website must be checked to make sure it is functional. Furthermore, you must check any type of form that may be used and also conduct a spell check for possible errors. Once all the checks are complete, it is time to upload your website to a server. After you finish uploading, you must do a final check to make sure that all the content has been uploaded successfully and that everything has been installed without any errors.

7. The website’s maintenance includes constant monitoring and frequent updating. The use of a CMS (WordPress, Magento, Opencart etc) will help you with bug fixes and security updates.

If you wish to create a website feel free to contact us via phone 2310221500 or via email at [email protected].

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