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Web Design – Knowing the Different Stages of a Web Project

Before you begin any Website, you must have a good understanding of the project as a whole, as well as all the various steps or phrases that you will move over during the web-development procedure. Most Website projects have a logical flow of development, a type of evolution with distinct phases that, when followed, can streamline the whole design process. Here's the general order in which most web site projects evolve:

1. Preparation phase: Determine the goals and purpose of the site, construct a website identity, determine what content should go on the site, diagnose dynamic site requirements, if any, and figure out ways to attract visitors to the website after it gets published on the Web.

2. Contract phase: Draft and submit a proposal to the client for the project that outlines the background of the work in written form so that both the designer and customer have a clear understanding of the expectations and income of the project, as well as financial arrangements, time frame, and deliverables. Upon approval, the proposal gets switched into an official contract that both parties sign, and a deposit is paid to the designer to start work.

3. Design phase: Characterize a target audience; make an identity for the ideal website visitor; collect info about the target audience's computer use; determine the gains to visitors; make decisions about layout, color, organization, and content; and lastly mock up a design and show it to the customer for approval.

4. Building phase: Convert a mock-up into HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in a WYSIWYG Web editor such as Adobe Dreamweaver; organize content in visually pleasing ways; create and optimize Web graphics; add dynamic capabilities to the pages with JavaScript and other programming languages ​​when warranted; and check that all the pages on the site look good and operate well in a variety of web browsers on both the Macintosh and PC as the pages are being developed.

5. Screening phase: Try the design on a testing server in the most popular browsers and browser variations on Macintosh, PC, and Linux platforms in the most common operating systems (Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS X, and so on) at a variety of monitor resolutions; validate the code; check for spelling errors; fix coding faults; and otherwise verify that every visitor can navigate through the website with no technical problems.

6. Website launch: Secure a domain and hosting plan, upload the websites files to a host server, retest the website, and be ready to maintain the postlaunch site.

7. Postlaunch site maintenance: Verify that the site's content holds relevant and up to date by adding new and editing existing content, as well as making improvements and other enhancements to the website.

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