Simple steps and process of website development life cycle
Simple steps of website development process of web production. For an organized process of website development follow a number of standard or specific frameworks, modeling tools, methodologies and languages. The development team should follow the timeline and quality control.
Website Development Steps and Process
1) Complete Analysis, Planning and Estimation
First step of web development is understands the requirement of client. Then a complete analysis will cover all the requirement of client. and how the website is help to the business. Important thing is finding the target audience. All the existing hardware, software, people and data should be carefully access.
For example, a company name is XYZ. And need of website its online shopping. The analysis teams try to utilize the present data from the existing database and which database migration plan best for a complete conversion.
The analysis is neither too time consuming nor missing information. The plan for the project will be an output of analysis, so the plan should be down-to-earth. To reach a pragmatic plan the analyst should talk to the designers, developers and testers.
2) Primary specification
Primary specification is covering each and every element of the project requirement. The modules of the site with general layout, website navigation and dynamic parts of integrated in the specification. Big projects will require consolation to charge extra business and technical requirements. After reviewing and approving the primary document, written proposal, outlining the scope of project including responsibilities, timelines and costs.
3) Website design and Web development
After building the specification, work on the website is schedule upon receipt of the signed proposal, deposit, any written content materials and graphics you wish to include. The layouts and navigation will be designed as a prototype.
Some customers may be interested only in a full functional prototype. In this case we may need to show them the interactivity of the application or site. But in most of the cases customer may be interested in viewing two or three design with all images and navigation.
There can be a lot of suggestions and changes from the customer side, and all the changes should be freeze before moving into the next phase. The revisions could be re-displayed via the web for the customer to view.
As needed, customer comments, feedback and approvals can be communicated by e-mail, fax and telephone.
Throughout the design phase the team should develop test plans and procedures for quality assurance. It is necessary to obtain client approval on design and project plans.
In parallel the Database team will sit and understand the requirements and develop the database with all the data structures and sample data will also be prepared.
4) Content writing
This phase is necessary mainly for the web sites. There are professional content developers/writers who can write industry specific and relevant content for the site. Content writers to add their text can utilize the design templates. The grammatical and spelling check should be over in this phase.
Now programmer is adding his code without disturbing the design. The developer must know the interface and the code should not disturb the look and feel of the site or application.
If the site is dynamic then the code should utilize the template. The developer may need to work together with the designer, in order to understand the design. The designer to develop some graphic buttons whenever the developer is in need, especially while using some form buttons.
If a coding team should generate necessary testing plans as well as technical documentation. The end-user documentation can also be prepared by the coding team, which can be used by a technical writer who can develop helps and understand those manuals later.
Web based applications need intensive testing, as the applications will always function as a multi-user, multi-tier system with bandwidth limitations.
Some of the testing should be done are, Integration testing, Stress testing, Scalability testing, load testing, resolution testing and cross-browser compatibility testing, Both automated testing and manual testing should be done without fail.
For example it’s needed to test fast loading graphics and to calculate their loading time, as they are very important for any web site. There are certain testing tools as well as some online testing tools which can help the testers to test their website.
After doing all the testing a live testing is necessary for web sites and web based applications. After uploading the site should be a complete website testing.
7) Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
This stage is related to only for web sites. SEO needs to be preparation of Meta tags, Meta description, constant analysis and submitting the URL to the search engines, directories and Social Media. The search engine optimization is normally an ongoing procedure as the strategies of search engine may change quite habitually. If the customer is willing, then paid click and paid submissions can also be done with additional cost.
Site submission necessary with meta title and meta description.
8) Maintenance and Updating
Web sites will need quite regular update need to be very fresh and significant. In that case we need to do analysis again, and all other steps will repeat. Bug fixes can be done for the period of maintenance. Once your web site is operational, ongoing promotion, technical maintenance, content management & updating, site visit activity reports, staff training and mentoring is needed on a regular basis depend on the complication of your web site and the needs within your business.