A web development process follows specific methodologies and framework. It is usually based on the normal life cycle and can be developed based on specific methods.
The analysis phase starts when customers discuss their requirements. In this case, the website is actually a part of the system and web applications are designed to help us present the whole system. As an example, websites are often considered as a part of the existing system in the company. The website can be a part of marketing or functional network. It is not uncommon for companies to have multiple websites. One website is designed for marketing purposes and for interacting with customers; while others are used for employees so they can cooperate with one another.
In this case, a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis may be needed, but we should try to be realistic with it. Testers, developers and designers should work with realistic plans. Inputs can be obtained through interviews with clients, online chats, discussion notes and recorded phone conversations. There are analysis outputs that we need to consider such as costs involved, work plan, hardware/software requirements, team requirements and reports.
After the analysis phase is completed, preliminary specifications must be drawn up to cover all requirement elements. In this case, we should be aware of the various modules of the site, such as dynamic parts, site navigation and general layout. This step can be achieved after we review and approve all the preliminary documents. In this case, we should be able to outline the project scope and prepare written proposal. Input can be obtained from reports taken by the analysis team. The output is essentially a complete requirement directly obtained from the customers’ representatives.
Design and development
It is important for us to build the available specifications and deliver graphics we wish to include. It means that we may need to consider navigation and layouts that should be included in the prototype. However, we should be aware that customers are usually more interested in fully functional prototypes. This should allow us to showcase the full interactivity of the website and designs can be better evaluated. Revisions can be shown directly on the website.
The team should develop the proper procedures and test plans to ensure quality assurances. Client approval is needed on project plans and design. The database team will also be active in this phase, because they will start to develop the structure of the website and some sample data is prepared to ensure that the whole structure is working. The input during the design and development process is the requirement specification, while the output would be a complete site designs with images, navigation, database and other essential elements
Content creation and integration
Without content, the newly completed website is essentially an empty house without furniture and appliances. The important thing isn’t only to create the content, but also integrate it to the whole structure. This will ensure that the website can be perfectly usable for everyone.