Website Development Steps

1. Project Definition – You and your website design company map out the project

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  • What are the goals for your business?
  • Who is your target audience?
  • What do you want your website to achieve?
  • Do you want a blog?
  • Will there be social media integration?
  • How many contact forms?

2. Planning and Research

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  • Who is the website’s target audience?
  • What is the best layout for the best visitor experience?
  • What  is the domain name for the website?
  • Where will the website be hosted?
  • Do you want a CMS(content management site – WordPress) or a hand coded website?
  • What will be the content, page hierarchy, navigation, etc.?

3. Design – the Look and Feel

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  • What are the best colors for the website?
  • Will there be audio and/or video?
  • What images will best benefit the visitor experience?
  • Where can buttons, boxes or arrows be most effectively used?

4. Website Development

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  • The website will be hand coded or developed using a CMS platform
  • Client will review and minor changes may be required
  • Security for both the website and visitor data collected will be considered
  • Page speed will be analyzed and optimized
  • Website will be tested for mobile-friendliness
  • SEO capability will be added

5. Website Launch – Make it live!

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  • Test the functionality, performance and security
  • Sign off on completed site
  • Move the website to the hosting
  • Point the domain name to the hosting servers
  • Provide written instructions for basic website maintenance and updates

6. Website Maintenance and Support

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  • Troubleshoot visitor issues, hosting problems, etc.
  • CMS updates
  • Plugin updates
  • Hosting and domain name registration renewals
  • Blog posts
  • Ongoing search engine optimization (SEO)

 
This is very general summary of the steps involved in website development. To see a more detailed explanation of what is involved in website creation, please see The Client’s Guide to What it Actually Takes to Create a Website by Richa Jain on SitePoint.