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Website Development Stages: Learning the Basics

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A common misconception is to think that website development mainly involves coding. While the use of programming languages such as CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and many others is crucial for website creation, pre- and post-development stages are no less important. This article lists the key stages of website development to explain how projects are led from start to finish.

Preliminary Stages

Before any website is created, the web agency should collect the data to determine the future website’s purpose, goals, competitors, and target audience. E-commerce websites differ considerably from news websites, so the type of content published and the industry, in general, will greatly determine all subsequent steps. It is essential to communicate with the client to be aware of their business goals at this stage.

When all the data are collected, it’s time to move on to planning. The team creates a sitemap to determine the content’s distribution across the website and a wireframe that specifies each page’s layout. It is also important to determine the deadlines, choose the programs, and create a budget for the project.

Design and Content Creation

Next, UI designers step in and determine how the user interface will look. Designers choose the colors, page layout, images, photos, and other content that will make the website visually appealing to users. Designers collaborate with content writers responsible for creating all textual content for its further upload on the website.

Website Development Using Coding

Programmers can start creating the website itself only after all preliminary stages are complete. They create the home page and the whole website hierarchy and ensure that everything works smoothly. It is important to remember that website development involves both frontend development and backend development. The former focuses on the client-side of the website, while the latter deals with the server, database, and business aspects (e.g., payment processing).

Testing and Maintenance

The last stages of website development include testing and post-deployment maintenance. Before the website is available to the audience, it should undergo careful testing to eliminate any bugs and functionality issues. Both manual and automated testing can ensure that the website runs as intended. The last stage of maintenance is ongoing, as it involves providing assistance and support to the client when it comes to timely updates and functional improvements. Maintenance helps ensure that the website remains relevant and valuable for all stakeholders, including clients, the audience, and advertising providers.

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