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Grabbed a new website project? 6 phases to follow for a divine transition!
Winning a lucrative web design project is not an end; in fact it is the beginning! A new beginning that involves a host of challenges and encumbrances.
Web designing is a phased process, just like implementing an ERP system. It passes through many hands before reaching to the end client. Right from the client communication to successful development of the website and its deployment, all of these, depends on how much care and attention you give to your client’s project at every single stage.
Monks bring to you 6 simple steps to follow for effectively developing a client’s website and launch it well ahead of time.
1. Requirement Gathering
It is mission critical to gather information from the client. Your client coordinators (Business Head / Project Manager / Technical Leader / Business Analysts) need to talk to the client and understand the main goal behind developing such website, the main USPs of the business, current pitfalls of the website, core competencies that needs to be highlighted and how, major concerns during deployment, technical and functional outlines, etc. On the basis of the information processed, the client coordinators need to define a scope of work document along with the commercial terms, delivery schedules, resource estimation matrix and freeze the same taking a nod of the client in black and white.
2. Research, Analysis and Wireframing
Understanding requirements is just the starting stage. Moving further, the coordinators need to pass on the entire brief to the research and analysis team that shall do a profound research about the client’s business, industry and the competition charting out the dos and don’ts while developing their website. The coordinators on getting the required research information chalk out a wireframe, sketching the overall layout of the website, information architecture and structure entailing all the major aspects of the scope of work.
Based on the research findings and the wireframe, the designers brainstorm and discuss about how possibly the website can be designed. Designers design the website draft and sends it to the client for level 1 approval. Once it is fixed, the final website is designed. In case of amendments or iterations in the brief, the design draft is accordingly revamped and resent to the client, till it gets frozen.
4. Development of the Website
Getting the approval of the client on your eternal design is a great deal of achievement! (Some prayers for your good deed) Escalating to the next stage – Development. Development is cumbersome and surfaces the project deeply. Developers add life to the design adding amazing functionality like Live Chat, Custom and Intuitive Form, Payment gateways, In-site search, Interactive commenting, Social Media integration, Share buttons, etc. to the website. The design gets converted to heavenly HTML / HTML 5 / CSS technologies depending upon the requirements and furthermore, integrated with CMS or CRM or any other third party platforms.
5. Testing and Deployment
You are still executing some more before you rest in serenity. Testing and deployment are two of the most crucial stages for any web development project. The client coordinators test the site well, both technically and functionally matching it up with the scope of work document. Most modern clients also demand a good cross platform and browser compatible site with optimum load speed. This again is to be addressed, if not yet dealt with. They ensure that bugs if any are fixed and all the issues are resolved before the site is ready for the final deployment to the client’s server.
6. Delivery, Maintenance and Project Support
And, some more work before you hit the bed! Once the site is tested and approved by the client, it is deployed on the server of the client with utmost care. Your staff will ensure a proper backup of the existing site or ask the client’s vendor to do the same, depending upon the contract and ensure the transition is error less and smooth. Keep providing clients with regular project support as per the contract and ensure that there is proper maintenance to avoid any potential breakdowns.
Monks are sure if you undergo such a phased implementation, you will not have to look back making the overall customer experience more credible and fun. At Webby Monks, our project manager and team of developers are efficient in handling the client communication. They follow the same process and ensure that every project is delivered with a great quality and in the turnaround promised to the client. What we do additionally is have a single point of contact so to ensure swift communication. Are you ready to kick start your next web development project? Don’t let be it a wild goose chase!
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