Before it is possible for the web pages to appear on the Internet, before the web app can be opened to generate traffic, before it can become a revenue generating tool, and before it creates a zenith of user experience, the website or web application goes through numerous stages that people are generally unaware about.
Though, the process of developing a website/app might be perplexing, it is an important knowledge to have in your arsenal if you’re looking to hire a web development company to build you one.
What is the Web Development Process?
1. Understanding the Needs of Clients
Web development process does not start with design and development. A crucial first step is understanding the client’s needs. Identifying and understanding the target of the client will spur the development of the perfect solution.
Ask questions, identify the gap the client is trying to fill, or the problem the client is trying to solve.
2. Thorough Research
Just like Facebook is different from Instagram, and an online job marketplace is different from an e-commerce web app, each website/app on the Internet is unique in its own way.
Thus, before development starts, thorough research and analysis of the industry in question, the target audience, the competitors, the outcomes, the goal of the web project, etc, is required. This will provide the knowledge and insights required to develop a flawless and purpose-driven web app.
This is another crucial stage. At this point, major decisions such as creating the sitemap, planning the layout, UI/UX, wireframing and prototyping, selecting the appropriate technology stack, etc. are made.
Deciding the sitemap is a vital aspect of this stage. The site map is a list of all the main topics and sub-topics (if applicable) of the website. It is the structure that connects different pages on the web app according to their hierarchy and importance. It is essential to developing an easy navigation system.
4. Graphic Design
This is the stage where graphic designers breathe life into the sitemap and wireframes with logos, custom graphics, typography, animations, drop-down menus, colors, and buttons. This adds to the aesthetics of the web app and gives it a tangible identity.
This is the nitty-gritty stage of the web application. It is where the designs, already approved by the clients are made into a working model through the frontend and backend developmental processes. It is a combination of all previous steps.
Sometimes development could go in parallel with Graphic Design step to reduce the whole time for application creation. This is why Thorough Research and Planning step so important.
After the development of the web app, it goes through various thorough and detailed tests to ensure that there are no issues or bugs before it is deployed to the server.
Tests such as usability test, functionality test, performance test and compatibility test are done to guarantee that the web app is ready for launch.
After the development is done, working on feedbacks and offering post-deployment maintenance is important. Especially in first months of work, to guaranty the quality of the end product.
Need to mention the common project management way nowadays – agile. That means the separation of development to independent steps with own life cycle:
- Graphic Design
Now, you are aware of what the web development life cycle is. So, whether you are a start-up with an innovative idea or an established business wanting to boost your online presence, you should have a professional to build your web app.