Website Development Series: Phase 4- Coding
In phase 4, things are heating up in our series on website development. So far, we’ve touched on the elements of research, planning, and creating amazing custom content, but coding is where the magic really happens. This phase often takes upwards of 15 weeks, as your web developers work together to assure that your website is fully functional, as well as pleasant to look at.
Coding usually begins with the homepage. The graphics and design elements that were created earlier in the process are pulled together and any textual content is added in. This piece of the process tests the skills of your developer, as they need to bring every tool they have to the table in order to assure that the first thing that your customer sees is an aesthetically pleasing and intuitive landing page.
From there, your site map will be used to create the subpages. A content management system (CMS), such as WordPress, will be used to manage the sheer amount of data being organized on your website. There, web developers are able to create two different interfaces for your customers: dynamic and static webpages.
The static web pages are presented to the customer as is. These are generally the pages where you are simply presenting information to the reader. These pages look the same to everyone who views them and are generally easier to code for than dynamic web pages. This is because dynamic webpages allow for a certain amount of interactivity for the reader.
For example, you may wish for an ebook download form to be present on the bottom of the page. In that case, there will have to be a live form available; One which your user can interact with. Another example is your blog feed, which will change day-by-day as you add new content to your site. Whether the change is occurring on the side of the user or the side of the owner, dynamic web pages present unique challenges to the designers.
Finally, the site will be reviewed. All links will be tested, all codes will be validated, and all words will be spelled correctly. This is vitally important, as readers often judge the reliability of a site based on the presentation of working pages and proper grammar. Once review is complete and the site is approved, it’s launch day!
If you’re ready to pursue website greatness, to stand out from the masses, and to create something beautiful, functional, and fun, NATIV3 has your development needs covered. For more information on the process of website development, check out our ebook.