Web development is a complicated affair and to make it easy, web developers have to come up with various techniques and processes. When a client invests in a Web Development Company, he expects to get the value of his money. And this is possible, only when the web development company that has took up the project follows the main steps of web development lifecycle. This web development lifecycle acts a point of reference between the client and the company for determining the status of the given project.
The identifiable phases involved in web development lifecycle are: ?
- Business Analysis by Initial Consultation
Understanding the client's business and determining the needs for development of website can surely help a web developer in developing a business model i.e. the website for promoting business and generating revenue. It also helps in identifying the end users or the target audience that the website would cater.
- Architecture of the Website
In this stage, a developer must figure out the requisite hardware and software that can be used for delivering the web applications. This includes choosing the most suitable operating system, web and application development language, database management system (DBMS), and hardware / hosting environment. These applications must support the final website, so take into account the visitors count, web traffic, growth of data volumes and most importantly its functionality.
Information architecture forms one of the major aspects while developing the websites. Content, whether it is textual or graphical, needs to be developed properly and incorporated in the website. Clients provide a functional specification or a blueprint, which describes the website from readers end and the way of structuring the content in certain sections. As per the needs and offerings, a client provides the developer with relevant content to be integrated in the website. Besides, the client has full liberty to alter or change the content at any stage of website development or even after that.
This step accounts to implementation. Now its the time to transform your plan into a website. With the help of hard core programs; source code, content and data file are integrated into a single module. So, a detailed design is transformed into an actual website.
Testing Testing of the website is done at various levels. It includes:
- Load testing
- Cross-browser compatibility testing
- Resolution testing
- Integration testing
Through W3C consortium, validation of the pages is done.
Marketing as well as Maintenance
Now, web pages are optimized and Meta tags are incorporated. Frequent updating of website keeps the website fresh and high on ranking. Apart from this, error maintenance and bug fixes are done. The above mentioned stages accounts to the web development lifecycle. And a web developer must follow the above mentioned steps to develop a website that make the right impact for the client's identity and business.