Bringing Your Idea to Life
The Development Process
This is where 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.
“THAT’S THE THING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY HATE COMPUTERS. WHAT THEY REALLY HATE IS LOUSY PROGRAMMERS.”
Breathing life into your design
During the initial mockup & design stage, this icon may simply have been an image. After development, it becomes interactive.
Building Your Website
After the Design Phase, we 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. We must take that design and create functionality.
While there are far too many examples to list, some items may include: clickable buttons, automatically generated customer data that prints onto a shipping label, contact forms that deliver messages to your email or perhaps an interactive e-commerce store that allows PCI compliant based transactions.
The beauty of the Internet and programming in general, is that your imagination is the limit. Take our Client Portal for example. As our client base continued to grow, we required a simple solution that allowed clients to provide feedback, pay invoices, view invoices for tax purposes (1099), submit work orders and more. Rather than sifting through PayPal invoices, or calling in for updates, the Client Portal acts as centralized and interactive information hub for our staff and you, as our client.