As part of setting up the new HyperDirect that I mentioned last week, we have reworked our process of creating websites with the help of a variety of sources to help determine the best way of doing things. With this post, we will be giving you some insight into what that process is.
The steps of the development process: 1) Information Gathering
4) Content Writing and Assembly
6) Testing, Review and Launch
1) Information Gathering
This step is where we figure out what you need for this website. It includes a relatively in-depth question set including questions like; What are your goals for a website, Who is your target audience, Who are your competitors, and are there any sites that you can send us that you like and/or dislike. This step is a great part that will make sure everyone is on the same page and we create something perfect for you!
This step is where we start to make the physical concepts of the site. The main portion of this step is the website's sitemap. The sitemap helps to determine the physical layout of the page. It describes the relationship of the pages of your website and how many clicks one page is from another (primarily the home page.)
3) Content Writing and Assembly
This section includes a lot of work for both of us. It starts with some SEO research. We will use the information you provided in Step 1 to gather some keywords for each page and communicate the research with you. From there, you will need to start writing content based on the planned sitemap from Step 2. Usually, Step 4 will start around the same time so you will work directly with the designer(s) making the content to follow along with the design. Make sure to try to use some of the keywords in your written content.
At this stage, we start prototyping the website itself. We would start with some quick simple sketches and work it all the way to a fully functional prototype. You will be able to step in at any point of this stage and make suggestions/changes to shape your website.
At this point, you pretty much get to sit back, relax, and wait. We are working on coding the site and this step will take time. You will be involved as little or as much as you want in this process. Any time that you want an update on progress, let us know and we will set up a meeting as early as possible.
6) Testing, Review Launch
The name of this section says it all. Testing is a process for everyone to go through the entire site and click any and all links, submit contact forms, use the logins, and whatever else you can think of. Even using different devices, different browsers, or different resolutions, whatever you think your user base will do, try it. Basically, you are purposefully trying to break the website we have all spent so much time and effort creating. We highly recommend sending the link to your staff (if you haven't already) and even friends/family. The more people that test it the better. Once testing is done, send us any changes you want to make before launch so we all stay on the same page.
Maintenance of a website is expected and we are always here to help you with it. This step is anything involved with keeping the website nice and perfect. This step could include changes determined in Step 6 that weren't necessary for launch or, if it's big enough, even a full run-through of the entire process again.
There you have it, that's the new process of HyperDirect for web development. As always, the process is subject to change as we adapt and grow to new challenges. Some special cases also may make the process different including our other services such as Website Management via Wix or WordPress. If you have any questions, or if you want to start the process for your new site, please contact us, and thank you for taking the time to read this.