How I work. A guide to my 

Website Development Process

Learn about a typical website development process, the 4 core stages and how a clear process can benefit your next web development project

My website development process explained

My website development process is intended to get us from an initial brief to a working end solution. All in the most time-efficient and cost-effective way. I’ve outlined the steps I take below. If you choose to work with me you can even follow along and contribute via your own dedicated Trello project board. This keeps you in the loop and on-track with the current state of the project.

Website development process learning stage

Learn

Every build starts with an initial Q&A session to help me learn more about your website. This will usually start with reviewing the Photoshop page designs your web designer has created.

I’ll then be looking to learn about the purpose of your website. So for example, is it an ecommerce shop, a blog or maybe a traditional brochure website? My aim is to understand how your users intend to interact with your website (i.e commenting, forums etc) and what devices they will be using to view it as these can differ depending if it’s consumer or business to business.

Planning out the development process of your website

Plan

By taking the time to learn about your website I can create a plan of action. This will start with a estimated time-to-completion and flat-rate costing for the build.

I will be in the position to choose any appropriate website technologies. Including what third party technologies we need, (i.e Google maps, social feeds, Disqus commenting). And finally any beneficial WordPress plugins, for example SEO content analysis and security software.

Developing your website from supplied Photoshop visuals

Build

The penultimate stage of this website development process involves recreating the visual page designs. I’ll do this using HTML 5, CSS 3 and a selection of my own chosen website technologies. If the website is to be content managed then pages will be converted into your own fully bespoke WordPress theme.

Your website will be browser tested, including using the W3C HTML and CSS validation tool. This ensures your website is efficient on load times, free of development errors and supported in all major browsers. It is also said that websites with compliant markup is good for SEO.

Optimising and publishing your site to your web host of choice

Optimise & publish

With your site developed and fully browser tested we’re ready to publish your site. I’m experienced in working with the majority of the UK’s most popular hosts, including 1and1& Fasthosts.

I first optimise your site, by removing any production files and minifying JavaScript and CSS. If your server supports it I can also enable Gzip compression, browser caching & keep-alive. Methods that will speed up the load time of your site and improve your YSlow and Google PageSpeed Insights scores.

For an additional cost I can setup any preferred plugins and support for Google Analytics.

Ongoing support and maintenance of your new website

Support

Included in my WordPress development service is one-to-one training on how to use this CMS and get the most out of your website. We’ll go over how to use WordPress’s core features. Including editing and adding text to a page, importing images and videos, and how to understand your website traffic reports.

Regular updates will become available to install. Both from WordPress and the developers of any third party plugins we use. Long after your site is built and published, I can continue to maintain your website. Services include installing updates and taking regular backups, which will keep your website secure and error free.

Want to know more?

I'll be happy to discuss how my web development process can work around your project.