At Webeyo, Web site development process follow a number of standard frameworks, methodologies, modeling tools and languages. Like software development life cycle, web sites are developed with certain methods with some changes and additions with the existing software development process. Let us see our steps involve in any web site development.
Once our customer placed his requirements, the team gets into it, towards the preliminary requirement analysis. As the web site is going to be a part of a system, It needs a complete analysis as, how the web site or the web based application is going to help the present system and how the site is going to help the business. Moreover the analysis should cover all the aspects especially on how the web site is going to join the existing system. The first important thing is finding the targeted audience. Then, All the present hardware, software, people and data should be considered during the time of analysis. To achieve this the analyst should consult the designers, developers and testers to come up with a realistic plan.
Preliminary specifications are drawn up by covering up each and every element of the requirement. For example if the product is a web site then the modules of the site including general layout, site navigation and dynamic parts of the site are included in the spec. Larger projects require further levels of consultation to assess additional business and technical requirements. After reviewing and approving the preliminary document, a written proposal is prepared, outlining the scope of the project including responsibilities, timelines and costs.
After building the specification, work on the web site is scheduled. Here normally the layouts and navigation will be designed as a prototype.
This phase is necessary mainly for the web sites. There are professional content developers who can write industry specific and relevant content for the site.
Now our programmers turn to add his code without disturbing the design. Unlike traditional design the developer must know the interface and the code should not disturb the look and feel of the site or application. So the developer understands the design and navigation. If the site is dynamic then the code utilizes the template. The developer interacts with the designer, in order to understand the design. Whole team use a CVS to control their sources. Coding team generate necessary testing plans as well as technical documentation.
Unlike software, web based applications need intensive testing, as the applications will always function as a multi-user system with bandwidth limitations. Some of the testing procedures are, Integration testing, Stress testing, Scalablity testing, load testing, resolution testing and cross-browser compatibility testing. Both automated testing and manual testing are done without fail.
Promotion of a web site needs preparation of meta tags, constant analysis and submitting the URL to the search engines and directories. The site promotion is normally an ongoing process as the strategies of search engine may change quite often.
Web sites need quite frequent updations to keep them fresh. In that case we need to do analysis again, and all the other life cycle steps will repeat. Bug fixing are done during the time of maintenance. Once your web site is operational, ongoing promotion, technical maintenance, content management & updating, site visit activity reports, staff training and mentoring is needed on a regular basis depend on the complexity of your web site and the needs within your organization.