Professional Web Development

There is no such a thing as a “Standard Process” that your web developer must pass in order to get you the perfect website. The perfect website is a websites that is built correctly, and PLANNED correctly. This article will describe the process that I use with my clients and, as our clients say, is the golden way to the perfect project.

STEP ONE: The First Developer-Client Meeting (A.K.A: Characterization).

The characterization step is a very important step and it is mandatory that the developer will understand EXACTLY what website will you want. In the end of the process, you should have a paper named “proposal” that includes an extensive text about the project, written by the developer, along with time frame to complete the website and the price.

Make sure that every wanted feature is written in the proposal, if not, the developer doesn’t have to implement it later!

STEP 2: Buying Your Domain and Hosting Account.

Every website has a domain. A domain is the address of the website (for example: Google.com is a domain).

A domain with the most popular extension for businesses: “.com” costs around the 10$, if you are not from the US, I’d recommend you to buy a national domain; it might cost more, but it worth it. (For example. If you live in the UK and your business is named Example, example.co.uk or something like that is the best choice).

A hosting account is necessary so you can host your files and the website files. I’d check with the web developer if he provides the hosting or if you buy it. If you have no experience with buying hosting, I’d recommend you to ask the developer for his recommendations

STEP 3: Write And Find the Materials.

This is the most problematic stage in the whole process. Sometimes, the whole process gets delayed in more than a year only because the client doesn’t have the time to write or find the materials.

Be sure to have the materials ready on time, materials are texts, images and other stuff you’d like to have on your website.

If you need the website to be ready in short time, it is highly recommended to have the materials ready before choosing your supplier.

STEP 4: Creating Sketches of the Website.

The sketch should be at least an image (or a not working version of the website) and contain the visual design. This is the stage that you should sit with the designer {which might be the same person that develops the website} and explain him what is your vision about the visual appearance of the website.

If your website will use a ready template, this is the stage to choose it.

STEP 5: Approving a Sketch.

After the supplier will finish the sketch, he should send it to you in the appropriate way. This stage is critical and will decide the final design of the website. I’d recommend you to show the given sketches to your clients, friends, family, etc. and send the approval notice only when you’re 100% sure that it’s accepted by you and your acquaintances.

STEP 6: The Actual Development.

After the approval of the sketch, the sketch will be processed into fully functional website. This stage also includes the insertion of the content. It is highly recommended to ask often a demo so you can track progress more efficiently, especially if you pay per hour. If you’ve received a demo, you should comment on it, feedbacks that are given during this stage will save time and work to the development agency.

STEP 7: Quality Assurance

Both of you and the developer should take an extensive look in the just-born website and make sure that everything is perfect, this is also the time to make the wanted changes

STEP 8: Uploading the Website to Your Hosting.

Congratulations! Our process is almost done! Now it is the time to give the developer your hosting account information and let him set up the website on your server.

STEP 9: Confirmation & Payment

Once the website is set up on your website, fully functional and you are 100% satisfied with the result, this is time to approve everything, get confirmation paper from your developer (Important! Should contain a paragraph that mentions that you are the only copyright holders and that every piece of the website is YOURS and that the website can be sold) and after all of it – PAY!

As mentioned, this is not a ”must-be”, but our clients prefer this process, and I see no reason why your clients won’t!