HOW TO CREATE A SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN?
Our many years of experience shows that having a website creation plan significantly reduces the time required to implement, test and launch a project. This allows you to optimize the budget and quickly begin to receive benefits from using your new resource. That is why the preparation of the plan should be given some time. Next, we will talk about the most important issues that need to be considered during planning.
You need to answer a simple question: what are the functions of the future online resource, what benefits will it bring? You should think about this at the stage of creating a site development work plan, because it will determine many decisions and help to draw up the terms of reference. The design, structure and content of the pages depend on the original purpose.
If you select a domain immediately, you can significantly reduce the stages of testing and transferring a site to hosting. In the process of development, programmers deploy a local server, where they create a temporary address at which they will access the project during work. Upon transfer, this address will be replaced with a domain name. If it is known in advance, you will have to make far fewer changes to the code. This will reduce the number of errors.
Despite the fact that website development always includes the stage of design preparation, it’s worthwhile to think through a visual concept and formulate wishes in advance. Whether the appearance of the site will be graphically rich or concise, whether it is necessary to adapt it for mobile devices, whether to use corporate colors or choose a different palette – all these and other questions will help the designer quickly find a solution that is completely satisfied.
CMS (Content Management System) – site content management system. This is exactly the tool with which you or administrators will manage the published information. You need to choose a CMS before starting development due to many factors. The fact is that CMS defines:
layout features, page structure and project files;
which components already exist and which will have to be developed from scratch;
requirements for the technologies used, hosting or server settings.
CMS are paid and free. The advantage of the latter is a large number of add-ons and ready-made components. Paid systems are chosen by those who make high demands on the performance, security and ease of administration of the future site.
There is no need to form a detailed grid for publishing content. It is enough to determine what types of information will be placed on its pages. This can be product cards, examples of completed projects, descriptions and presentations of services, a product catalog with filters, video, audio, and interactive games. Even a rough plan will reduce the number of improvements that will have to be made in the process of using the site, as well as provide convenient opportunities for working with any particular type of content.