are our Five Phases of Web Design:
- Phase 1: Define the Scope
- Before any work can be done on your site, we will need to
define the scope of the project. This usually involves the gathering of information,
maintenance needs, background
research and targeting audience and the collection of possible images to be used on the
site. The scope needs to be clearly defined and agreed upon by all parties at the
on-set of the project. We will need to find out whether you would like your site to
remain local or whether you intend to go global with your site. It is also during
this phase that a contract needs to be firmly agreed upon.
- Phase 2: Project Preparation
- This is the planning phase. All the original
information gathered in Phase 1 needs to be re-evaluated and verified. At this time the
basic framework of the site must be built. Here we will discuss the pros and cons between
a framed site (w/invisible frames or noticeable ones) and a tabled site. We will
also discuss the latest cutting edge technology where your words can literally fly across
the screen (DHTML). We will also discuss possible interactivity on your site for your
Sitemaps are also common at this stage of the game. The amount of pages you will
need for your site will also be discussed.
- Phase 3: Design and Testing
- In most cases, the design phase starts before the
architecture has been finished. We work to add design detail to the thoughts and ideas
presented in the first two phases. By the time the site design is established, the entire
site is laid out and ready to enter production. Here we will discuss the pros and cons
between image maps and mouseover buttons (where the web button looks pushed in when the
mouse is over it) as possible site navigational tools. We will also discuss how you
would like your company banners to look - whether you have certain company colors or a
logo to be used.
- Usability testing is a very important way to ensure that the
final product meets both your expectations and your web surfers' needs. This phase may
include many rounds of testing. We want to make sure that all scripts are running
properly, all typos are nonexistent and download speeds are fast and efficient.
- Phase 4: Production and
- The production and implementation phase encompasses the
merging of content with the designed layout. All pages are coded, and graphics are
produced. Testing takes place to ensure the site performs at its highest level. All of the
final pieces are put into place prior to acceptance and launch.
- Phase 5: Maintenance and Updates
- Once the site has been accepted and launched, it may enter
into the realm of a maintenance phase -- where we makes any necessary changes or updates.
If you believe your site will need additional content editing/changes, we will need
to address this and to what frequency this will be done. Additional fees will apply
to all site maintenance.
Please keep in mind that every project needs to follow a
standard set of guidelines. Since you cannot make up a whole new set of rules after
the ninth hole, the rules have got to be set in place prior to tee-off.
Above all, we want to make
this an easy and enjoyable process for you. Who needs additional headaches?
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