It’s different from Web Design

Web Development

This is when things get a bit more complicated. When the Web Designer is done, the basic framework is passed along to the developer. This stage breathes life into your website.

And What Makes it Different from Web Design

There are many aspects required to create a professional grade website. Two key elements are design and development. Understanding the difference between the two is quite simple: Would you rather have a picture of television in your living room or a real TV? Suffice to say, you’d probably choose the real TV. When creating a website we need both design and development. Let’s break it down a little further.

WEB DEVELOPMENT

This is when things get a bit more complicated. When the web designer is done, the basic framework is passed along to the developer. As we touched on earlier, the designer takes the idea from your mind and puts it into an artform. The developer is the person who brings it all to life.

Let’s take your email account as a great example. You might open an email, download an attachment, reply to the recipient, archive it and click back into your inbox. All of these little functions work because code is running the background telling your computer and a distant server what those buttons should do on your command. The developer’s job is to ensure all of this works seamlessly.

Breath Life Into It

An example of bringing interaction to an otherwise boring icon.

The Process of Building the Website

After we have finished the Planning & Design phase, we’ll move onto development. This involves a number of important tasks, most importantly of which is bringing the website to life. During the early stages of your project, you likely received a design mockup. While this static image looked like a real website, it’s was not functional. You can open the image on your computer but you can’t click on the menus, fill out forms or register.

Front-end development technology: HTML, JavaScript, CSS and so on

Front-end framework: jQuery, React, Bootstrap, etc

Development, is what brings your website to life

  • Build development framework.. If a CMS such as WordPress has been decided on, now is the time to implement it and get the basic engine up and running. This involves setting up your SQL Database and configuring CMS settings tailored to your project. If we compare it to building a home, at this point we’re pouring the concrete foundation and checking for cracks.
  • Code templates for each page type.. Your website website will have several pages (e.g. home, contact page, general content, blog post,etc). Depending on the circumstances, templates will be built to house these pages with consistency in mind. This not dissimilar from building the walls and rooms on top of your new concrete foundation.
  • Develop and test special features and interactivity.. Every website has a different set of requirements and features. Here’s where the fancy elements come into play. Generally we will use dummy content as the website in it’s current state provides a relatively clean and uncluttered workspace. We may add in such elements as contact forms, quote builders, prayer forms, T Shirt Builder and just about any other element you’ve dreamed up in the initial phase.
  • Fill with content.. This involves loading all of the content provided by the you or one of our hired writers.  Don’t overlook this task! Content is extremly important in not only capturing your customers attention but is directly tied to Search Engine Optimization.
  • Test and verify functionality.. We refer to this as the “polishing phase.” This is a good time for a full website review. We will carefully walk through every page created—everything from the home page to the submission confirmation page—and make sure everything is in working order. We invite you and or your team to hope in on the action.
Design

Layout, Prototype, Design Sign Off

Development

Coding, Layout Main Sections, Feedback

Launch

Design Quality, Testing, Approval

Maintain

Like a car, a website must be maintained.

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