There are many steps in designing and developing a web site. From gathering information, to the creation of your web site, and also regular maintenance to keep your web site current.
The first thing in designing a web site is to gather information. As your web designer, we will start off by asking a lot of questions to help understand your business and your needs.
Using the information gathered, we will put together a plan for your web site which is called a sitemap. The sitemap is a list of all main topics of the site. This serves as a guide as to what content will be on the site, and is essential in developing the navigational system.
Next, it is time to determine the look and feel of your site. We will communicate with you to ensure that the final web site meets your needs and desires.
Once the look and feel is agreed on, now it is time to create the web site. This is typically done by first developing the home page, followed by a template for the interior pages. The template serves as a holding place for the content pages of your site.
After the web site is created we head into testing things such as the functionality of forms, as well as testing for any compatibility issues such as viewing differences on all web browsers and different operating systems.
The development of your web site really never ends. One way to bring repeat visitors to your site is to offer new content or discounts on a regular basis. We do offer a way for you to update your own content, which is called a CMS (Content Management System). A web site driven by a CMS gives you the option to edit the content areas of the web site yourself. You are given access to a back-end area where you log into your site, an access an online text editor to make changes to your content, upload documents, pictures and keep your site looking fresh.