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How to build a website
(Almost) everything you need to know about how your web project will unfold.
Your organisation is unique. Your website will be a snowflake. It follows that your digital journey – from idea to launch date – will also be one-of-a-kind.
With that in mind, it’s good practice to know what the main landmarks in the process are. The outcome of your project will rely on excellent project management as much as my creative/technical skills. I can help you with all the above.
The idea stage
It’s “big questions” time. What are you hoping to achieve? Who will this impact? How does it tie in with your strategy? Figuring out why you need a website is the foundation of every project. If you’re reading this, I have some good news: you probably already have all the answers you need. However, if you need support to make sense of your ideas, I’m here to help.
The plan stage
What does the timeline look like? What assets do we need to complete the website? Who will deliver each one of them and when? This is the nuts and bolts of the project. At the end of this stage, you will hopefully have all the data you need to write a glorious brief (and I will have enough information to provide you with an initial cost estimate).
The mapping stage
How will your story be structured? What do we want users to do? What functions do we need the website to have? This part of the project deals with the blueprint of the website, how each section links to the others so that web-goers find exactly what they’re looking for (and what you want them to find). At the end of this stage, you will have a site architecture, a content plan, and a final project quote.
The testing stage
Nothing erodes trust in your brand/project like a site that’s not quite right. Misspellingrdns, broken design elements and wonky mobile versions are a big no-no. To avoid all this, the site is reviewed on multiple browsers and multiple devices and submitted to people across your team for review.
The development stage
Coding time! This is the stage where all the approved ideas, visuals and content are turned into an actual website. At the end of this stage, you will have a fully functioning test website that you can play around with, share with your team, and show to stakeholders.
The design stage
What will the website look and feel like? Is there an existing visual identity? How will the mobile website pack a punch as much the desktop version? This is the part of the project where ideas start taking shape and you can take a first peek at what the finished product will look like. At the end of this stage, you will have a mock-up for most of your web pages.
The launch stage
This is the big day! Pop the champagne, pass the cigars, and celebrate your big achievement. But don’t rest on your laurels too long: once the site is launched, the work isn’t over. Be prepared to address feedback from your website users. They’re the ones you made this for, after all.
The maintenance stage
The Internet is constantly evolving and won’t slow down any time soon. Staying ahead of the game with updates and new technologies could be key to your web success. Equally, your organisation is no static creature. Whether you want to feature a new service, update your opening hours, or introduce the latest member of your team – your website will require ongoing TLC.
The training stage
Last but not least! Depending on your organisation, training can be as in-depth or non-existent as you want it to be. Do you want me to hand over the reins, or just post a new blog every once in a while? You don’t have to wait until the site has been launched to find out how, training can take place at any time during the process.