Looking for the best website design process? Here are my personal, 7-steps website design processes that everyone should follow.
Kick off any website design process with a strong and well-placed strategy in mind. At Design Without Code, we spend a lot of our time here with our clients, walking them through the entire process especially in the importance of having a strategic website design.
If you are hiring an external web designer or developer, make sure you (as the client) allocate enough time to provide input on your expectations. This will reduce the web design process by quite a fair bit.
This second part is optional but I highly recommend it. When building your website design, make sure you keep your competitors' websites checked. If you have no idea how to 'compare', tell your web designer and he/she should know how to act on it.
By now, the web development team would have an idea on what you are expecting. This includes important information such as the layout, colors and other elements that you want them to be included in your website.
In this step, you need to create a wireframe to ensure that both the website designer and owner are on the same page.
What is a wireframe?
A wireframe is a layout of a web page that demonstrates what interface elements will exist on key pages.
Once the wireframe is completed, perform a detailed discussion between both parties. During the meeting, discuss things that the website owner wants to focus or modify. Take note and act on them!
By default, there could be several reviews between the website owner and designer as it is in the final process of finalizing the design work. Here, patience is the key.
The fifth step involves the final presentation by the website designer and developer to the website owner. The presentation would also involves using staging environment to give the website owner a real feel of the website, as well as the backend system.
If there is any last amendment or revision require, this is it!
Here, the last revision will take place right before the launch of the website.
Finally, the big day is here. You are just moments away from launching your website and let the countdown begins!
After a few weeks of hard work, now you can breathe again. Your website is finally launched.
Web design processes are serious businesses and you shouldn't take lightly with it. It is lengthy but this website design process will ensure that the project goes on smoothly and as planned.
With proper web design processes, you can save time, money and effort, as well as positive communications between the website designer and the website owner.