10 Steps to building a website
What is needed to build a website
Designing then building a top web site requires 10 steps with specific skills needed at each level. Once we understand your business requirements, we can do most of the work; tailoring the website to your specifications. The more information you can provide upfront, the easier it will be for us and ultimately you. SEO and internet marketing are included during and after these steps.
Here are the 10 Steps to building a website
With the skill needed mentioned as thus (by a …). If you want actual detail instructions, then check out our instructional videos in the web support area.
Step1 – the need (by a planner/client)
the need may be to increase business, increase awareness of a service or product, increase visibility or just having fun creating and sharing. This is where a clear business plan is need, what exactly do you wish to achieve with the site as it dictates the investment, resources and skills required.
Step2 – the idea or inspiration (by a visionary)
closely after or even during the time when the need is discovered, the idea of a web site will spring forth, perhaps just to match what others (like competition) are doing or to fulfil a visionary dream. The idea must be communicable to another person, perhaps through documentation, other similar sites or some abstract form. It is important that the idea be given every chance to manifest just as you envisioned (or better). This can only happen if the web designer understands what you want.
Step3 – the design (by a graphic artist, web site designer, project manager)
the planner seeks a designer to materialize the idea, beginning with understanding the business and needs. Then provide a quote and samples. The designer will advise the planner of key decisions to optimize the site for search engine access. Often planners want bells and whistles, which may not be suitable depending on the objective of the site. Depending on the project budget, the designer may produce a graphical interpretation of the end project using photoshop or a similar tool; just so the client can see the end result and agree to the specifications.
Step4 – the technology (by a web designer)
the designer selects the best technology for the client based on budget and need. There are many ways and tools to build a website, even a simple word processor can do it. But some tools are more productive and require less skill than others, such as WordPress.
- CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
- XHTML (Extensible Hypertext Markup Language)
- PHP (general-purpose server-side scripting language )
- HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)
- WordPress CMS/Dreamweaver for special pages or graphics
- MySQL (relational database management system; RDBMS)
- SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
- many other minor languages (like AJAX) used to interact from the CGI to the backend server.
Step5 – the contract (by a web designer, sales manager and planner)
the planner and website designer draft an agreement of what needs to be done, itemizing exactly what the site will look like, SEO options, what content and who supplies it, what multimedia/graphics and who supplies it, how many pages, site name, hosting options, etc, etc, etc. Key metrics such as rank or delivery schedule must be defined, the client must agree to the terms and conditions.
Step6 – the creation (by a website designer)
the site is created with regular reviews along the way (if a large development). Search Engine Optimization is engineered into the design from the ground up (if selected). A process of active internet marketing is started using on-line advertising, social media bookmarking and link-building (all only if selected).
Step7 – the testing (by the planner & QA staff)
the planner reviews the site ensuring expectations are met and the site meets the functional agreement establish in the contract
Step8 – the commissioning (by project manager, planner)
keys to the site are handed over to the planner, and the site becomes live
Step9 – the sustainability (by a site manager)
if agreed to, the site manager will maintain the site, perform backups and updates as needed and ensure data integrity/security
Step10 – the trust (by all involved)
following successful operation of the site for the planner, a solid level of trust will follow ensuring a win-win situation for all