The Web Development Process (Summary)
There are many aspects to developing a website, starting with defining a
purpose and establishing a development plan. The actual "web design", where
you determine color scheme and "the look and feel" is just part of that
plan. The process continues to the "maintenance" level where on-going changes
Read all the details in our White Paper: "
Understanding the Web Development Process" .
Meanwhile, here is a "broad-brush" outline of our Web Development philosophy, in 12
Step 1: Determine your Purpose
Define and write down the purpose of your site so it can be designed with
that purpose in mind.
Step 2: Establish your "Look and Feel"
The key ingredients are: colors, layout, and font style. These should be
consistent among the pages of a site. Make a "storyboard". Target one part
of the page that would be an "instant eye-catcher".
Step 3: Navigation
Make it obvious what the users can select to move among the web pages, and
be consistent among the pages. Avoid: excessive graphic image buttons or
"drop-down" menus that slip and slide under your cursor before you get a
chance to click.
Step 4: Content
This is the real "meat" of a website. This should include clear and consise
description of who you are, what you do, where you are, and what's unique
about you. Place most important points at the top.
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