The first step in the process of creating a website is to contact us for a free, no-obligation meeting at your place of business. The meeting has several objectives.
If the project is authorized and a contract is signed we will have the opportunity to refine the requirements in subsequent meetings as we iterate over the BR, DD, CC and TA steps of the process.
At the beginning of the design and development phase we work closely with you to:
A key principal that influences the design phase is “form follows function”. After all, you would not use a template designed for the insurance industry as the basis for a restaurant website. Another important consideration is the fact that emotions invoked by the website will influence decisions. It is our job to ensure that those decisions benefit the website owner.
A strategy and a holistic view of content creation is needed to produce
A strategy for creating content must include the following subjects.
The content of a website is strongly influenced by the design. Therefore, the content and design teams must work closely together to produce the best result.
The test and adjust activity begins as soon as there is something to test and effectively continues for the lifetime of the website. The objective is to get the quality up to 100% and keep it there. Hence, there is no “big-bang” testing activity; it’s a continuous process. The emphasis on testing and adjustments depend on the development phase of which there are four: Inception, Elaboration, Construction and Transition. For example, the resources allocated to testing peaks towards the end of the construction phase.
Our websites are rigorously tested for the following aspects:
By using a strategy of incremental-releases and overlapping-activities, the development state of each website presented to the customer, from simple to complete, is free of defects and therefore ready to perform. The feedback obtained from each website demonstration is used to drive the development activities for the next incremental release. Eventually we reach a state where the release is feature-complete and ready for transition into production. Final adjustments to configuration settings and environment variables occur when the website is deployed to a staging area on the webserver. At this point the website is not visible to the World Wide Web. In other words, the website has not yet gone live. That is the next step.
Once the website has been approved by the customer and is authorized to go live, we proceed with pre-launch activities and final quality-control checks in preparation for the launch event. Here is the basic check list:
Once the website is in production and serving the needs of the customer, it must be constantly monitored and periodically maintained on the webserver. These kinds of activities fall under the category of support, which is an integral part of our business.