Web Development Process
In this blog post, we’ll explore a common and important process in web development: the process of planning. But, before we dive deeper into that topic, let’s set things up first. There are many different ways to build websites. Some developers prefer creating websites using a server-side framework like WordPress or NodeJS. Others will develop sites with a client-side framework like AngularJS or ReactJS. Still others may prefer building sites using hybrid tools that work on both the front-end and back-end side of the site. Whichever way you choose to build your sites, you need to have a process if you want results fast and consistent. Let’s take a look at what that process looks like for developers who are serious about their craft.
The Importance of a Good Process
When it comes to web development, there are a variety of approaches that different developers take. Some prefer to build sites in-house, while others prefer to partner with an agency. Businesses also have a variety of needs based on their industry. No two businesses have the same needs, and as a result, the planning process for a website needs to be unique as well. With that in mind, planning a website is critical for success. Whenever you build a website, you will likely encounter obstacles, and you need to be prepared for them. The first step to unblocking the path is to create a solid plan.
What is a good process for web development?
Well, it depends on a few things. First and foremost, the client’s business needs need to drive the planning process. The site’s functionality and design also need to be driven by the client’s needs. In order to create a successful process, you will need to clarify the business requirements with your clients. This will help you create a design that meets those requirements, while also offering a solution to their problems. It is also important to remember that your design and functionality need to be driven by the client’s needs.
Step 1: Define the business requirements
Businesses need a purpose for their websites. Their websites should help them achieve their business goals. So, the first step in planning a website is to define the business requirements for the site. If a client isn’t clear about their needs, it will be difficult to create a website that meets those needs. For example, a clothing store may need a website to keep customers informed about new products, and to allow them to purchase those products. A business may have a variety of other requirements, like allowing employees to check inventory and store information. It’s important to understand the client’s needs and to create a website that meets those needs.
Step 2: Create user research and spec document
The next step in the planning process is to create user research and spec documents for each page of the site. This will help you identify the functionality of a page, as well as any design requirements for that page. For example, if the client wants a form on their website, you will need to know the specific requirements for the form. Some clients may want a sign-up form, while others will want a search form that returns information like part numbers or URLs. While you are creating user research and spec documents, you should also be thinking about the technologies that will power the site. This will help you identify the right frameworks, as well as the right tools for building the site.
Step 3: Choose a web framework (when applicable)
Step 4: Finalize design and code base
At this point, you will want to finalize the design of the website and create a code base. This is where the site’s code will be stored. It will include the design, which will be in Sketch or Photoshop, as well as any code written with code editors like Atom or Visual Studio Code. The code base will be uploaded to a server that is hosting the site. This is a critical step because it will be where the site will be accessed and served by the server. At this point, you will have all of the components that will power the site, and you will have the design for the site. All that is left is to put it all together.
The planning process is key for any web developer. It will help you create a successful website that meets the needs of the client, while also offering a solution to their problems. Planning a website involves a number of different steps, from defining the client’s needs to creating user research and spec documents. In the end, you will have a website that serves the client’s purpose.