02 August, 2019

The process of developing a website may seem baffling for most of you but it is equally important to be aware of. And if you are looking to hire a web development company to build one, you must have an idea on how your project will be developed. In this blog, we have listed down the seven stages of the web development life cycle and explained the usual web development process that we follow at CreativeHub.

The usual Web Development Process is as follows,

1. Understanding Client’s Requirements

2. Research and Analysis

3. Planning

4. Design

5. Development

6. Testing and Deployment

7. Post Deployment and Maintenance

1. Understanding Client’s Needs

Identifying and understanding what exactly the clients want helps in providing the perfect solution they are looking for. In some cases, when the clients have a technical background, it’s a lot easier to understand the needs and technicality they want in the projects. However, when the clients are entirely unknown to the web and programming world, we ask questions and further clarifications that helps to serve them better.

2. Research and Analysis

Each requirement is different from one another. An e-commerce website selling men’s apparel will differ from an online job marketplace. Thus, a deep research and analysis about the industry, target audience, competitors, the motto of the project, the outcomes, etc. provide insights and knowledge required to develop an impeccable website.

3. Planning

Varied other major decisions such as formulating the sitemap, wireframing, planning the layout, UI/UX, selecting the right technology stack, etc. are made at this stage. One of the important parts of the planning stage is deciding the sitemap. It is an organized structure of your website that connects different pages as per the hierarchy and importance of the pages. It helps the users to easily navigate through the website.

While wireframes and mockups, on the other hand, gives an outline of the web pages. A low fidelity wireframe without any pictures and logo can be drawn on paper and even a sophisticated software. There are many tools out in the market that provide ease of creating a wireframe. All the planning takes place with the involvement of the client so that the client knows how exactly the blueprint of his project is formed.

4. Design

The design of the website is critical to the user experience. The first impression users have of a website are as much as 94% design-related. So, it is imperative to make sure your website is aesthetically alluring to your audience. Even the minutest details like shadows of graphics or color of the call to action button must be precisely taken into consideration. In fact, the colors of the website play a monumental role in providing a better experience to the users. As per a research, consumers form an initial judgment of a product within in 90 seconds of interaction and 62%-90% of them are based on the color. Further, different colors can evoke different emotions. Thus, cerebrally utilizing the colors while designing can bring you better results.

5. Development

Frontend Development

Frontend, as per the name refers, is the development of the client side interface that is seen by the users. All the designs made during the previous stage are converted to HTML pages with necessary animations and effects. And to add some sophisticated functionalities JavaScript framework/libraries such as Angular, React, Vue, Meteor, etc. are used. Considering the importance of mobile devices, making the website responsive and mobile friendly has become equally important.

Backend Development

Backend refers to the development of the server-side interface that is the soul of the frontend and makes the user interface into a working website. The backend developers create the server-side interface, database, integrates business logic and everything that works under the hood.

6. Testing and Deployment

After the website is developed and before deploying it to the server, it goes through several meticulous tests to ensure that there are no bugs or issues. The quality team performs tests such as functionality test, usability test, compatibility test, performance test, etc. that ensures the website is ready for the users and launch. Further, these testing also helps in discovering the ways to improve the website in near future. Once the quality assurance team shows the green flag for the website, it is deployed to the server using FTP (File Transfer Protocol).

7. Post-deployment and maintenance

The web development process doesn’t end after deployment. There are several post-deployment tasks to be carried out by the web development company such as providing the clients with the source code and project documents, working on their feedbacks and the post-deployment support and maintenance. This stage holds equal gravity because the real purpose of the website starts once it’s live for the users. Further changes according to the user’s feedback, support and maintenance as well as new updates are equally necessary.

Conclusion

Now you know what the web development lifecycle is. So, whether you are an established business looking to build your online presence or a startup with an amazing idea, nothing should stop your muse to build your own website.