In order to complete a web design project on budget, on time, and in a seamless & professional manner, it’s essential to approach the entire project in six specific phases and follow the right web design process.
Prior to initiating any web project, I discuss the client’s ideas and project requirements for web presence. We will talk about the target audience of the client’s customers/visitors, the goals of the project, the requirements of the scope of the website, the client’s ideas about graphics and services and functionality the website should deliver.
Project Schedule and Project Budget
Based on the outputs of the initial analysis – I create a project schedule and its budget.
The key to a successful project is to design and structure effective information architecture in the initial phase. Information architecture is overall structure of information on the website, key pages as well as its subpages, logical structure of the information, showing their relationship to each other and defining how the overall website navigation should be structured. Properly designer information architecture leads to increased usability and findability and provides the basis for the next high-quality search engine optimization.
Graphic Design of a Website
At this phase of creating a website, I will make a graphic design of a new website.
Target audience is one of the key factors taken into consideration. As part of the design phase, it is also important to incorporate elements such as the company logo or colors to help strengthen the identity of the client’s company on the website.
The client is able to view the project throughout the design and development stages that allow him to express his likes and dislikes on the website design. I communicate with the client daily to ensure that the final website matches his needs and taste.
Development of a Website
The next step is the development phase. Clean and well-structured (use of a valid HTML5 and CSS3) code affects the correct view of websites in the different types and versions of Internet browsers, mobile devices, and their browsers and last but not least it also affects the accessibility for the search engines.
Review & Launch Phase
At this point, I will attend to the final details and test the new website. The website will be uploaded on the test domain on my webserver, and I will test things such as the complete functionality of forms or other scripts, as well last testing for compatibility issues (viewing differences between different web browsers), ensuring that your website is optimized to be viewed properly in the most recent browser versions.
Once your website has been approved and I received payments to my account, the website will be uploaded to the client’s hosting server and website will be put through one last run-through. This process is just precautionary, to confirm that all files have been uploaded correctly and that the website continues to be fully functional.