A common question asked is for details about the actual website design process and how it all works. Whether you want to get a blog or website designed for yourself, are just curious, or are getting into website design and want to know how it works, the following outline of steps and the overall process can help you get a better idea of how it works.
Website Design Process #1
1. Narrowing Down the Focus
The first step requires gathering information from the client and narrowing down the focus a bit. Here, the focus of the blog or website needs to be attained. This is where the client and designer communicate exactly what the website should entail. The focus is if it is blog-based, going to include an online store, is a niche website, will provide information for other clients, or is for personal branding. By getting a good focus, the initial foundation can be built for the entire website design process.
Website Design Process #2
2. Brainstorming Ideas
Step number two is where we start brainstorming and getting some more details in place. It is an extension of the first step in which we are narrowing down what the client wants, combined with ideas they already have for the website. It is also when we make sure to get all the necessary information from the client that wants the website designed, such as what their final goals with the site are, who their target audience is, and if there are specific elements or details they want included. IT also helps to know what type of content the site will include.
Website Design Process #3
3. Beginning the Planning and Details
The planning and details stage goes more into depth in planning the website or blog design based on what the client has told us about their goals and focus. We start planning out how the website will look, make notes of what to include, and start developing a site map. The site map includes different topics and aspects of what the final website should include. It is also the step where we decide on the platform to use, manage CMS, and decide on necessary coding.
Website Design Process #4
4. Designing and Setting Up
Once the site map and planning is in place, we can get to the designing portion. By now, we should already have the specific design preferences by the client, such as if they want a two or three-column website or blog, how many pages they need, if it should have an online store, what logo is being used, and the overall color scheme and font choices. We design and put it all together in this step. If we are also designing their logo, this is included in this step.
Website Design Process #5
5. Development and Creation
Finally it is time to start creating and building the website. The designing portion begins with writing the code based on the details and design work we have completed in the previous steps. It is important to get those details n place first before we actually get to the point where we are developing the final website. It makes the entire development process go more smoothly with minimal tweaks. Graphical elements are added, colors and texts are implemented, and we create a functional and attractive space for content and proper navigation.
Website Design Process #6
6. Going Live
Step number six is a very exciting step in the website process because this is when the website goes live, allowing the client to view what the finished product will look like. After creating the site and adding coding, we go live to run it through various testing algorithms. Here, we make sure everything is running smoothly, that pictures load, pages load quickly, content is readable, and that is works on multiple devices properly. During this step, last-minute details are planned out, including the domain, hosting and uploading the final website. Uploading the files into the client’s server once they approve of the final result.
Website Design Process #7
The website going live is not the final step, as we also provide a final maintenance step in our website design process. No website is ever complete, as new technology is created, design concepts are updated, and clients decide on new content. CMS and coding changes with these advancements, requiring occasional maintenance. We provide system updates regularly, usually every few months, for proper maintenance of the client’s website or blog.
We hope this helps you learn more about how the website design process works. During each step, communication is left open so tweaks can be made and we can be sure you are getting the website you want. Once you’re ready to get started, contact us and we are more than happy to start with the first step of the design process.
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