But how can you get that perfect balance of elements? Through a holistic web design approach that considers both form and function.
Steps to build a website, in my opinion, require seven steps:
Goal identification: This is when I work with the client to figure out what the new website’s goals should be. That is, what is its aim.
We can determine the scope of the project once we know what the site’s aims are. I.e., what web pages and features the site will need to achieve the goal, as well as the schedule for implementing them.
Sitemap and wireframe creation: Now that the scope has been established, we can begin working on the sitemap, determining how the material and functionality indicated in the scope definition will interact.
Content creation: Now that we have a clearer image of the site, we can begin writing content for individual pages, keeping in mind search engine optimization (SEO) to keep pages focused on a particular topic. For our following stage, it’s critical that you have meaningful stuff to work with:
We can start working on the visual brand after we have the site architecture and some content in place. Depending on the customer, this may already be established, but you may also be creating a new visual style from scratch. This can be aided by tools like as style tiles, moodboards, and element collages.
Testing: Now that you’ve created all of your pages and established how they appear to site visitors, it’s time to test everything. To uncover everything from user experience concerns to basic broken links, combine manual browsing of the site on a number of devices with automated web crawlers.
Launch: Now that everything is in order, it’s time to plan and execute your website’s launch! This should cover both launch timing and communication tactics – that is, when will you launch and how will you inform the rest of the world? Then it’s time to pop the cork on the bubbly.
Identifying your objectives
The designer must determine the overall purpose of the website design at this stage, which is frequently done in close collaboration with the customer or other stakeholders. In this step of the design and website development process, you should investigate and answer the following questions:
Who is the target audience for this website?
Is the primary goal of this website to inform, sell (ecommerce, anyone?) or entertain? Is the website part of a larger branding plan with its own distinct focus, or does it need to clearly represent a brand’s main message?
What, if any, competitors are there, and how should this site be inspired by/different from them?
This is the most crucial step in any website development project. If the answers to all of these questions aren’t included in the brief, the project may go in the wrong direction.
One or more clearly specified goals, or a one-paragraph description of the projected goals, may be useful. This will assist in getting the design on the proper track. Make sure you know who the website’s target audience is and that you have a good understanding of the competitors.
Definition of the Scope
Scope creep is one of the most prevalent and tough issues that plague web design projects. The customer begins with a single aim in mind, but it progressively expands, evolves, or changes over the design process — and before you know it, you’re designing and constructing not only a website, but also a web app, emails, and push notifications.
This isn’t always a bad thing for designers because it typically leads to additional work. However, if the higher expectations aren’t matched by a higher budget or timetable, the project might quickly become impractical.