Components of a Website

Today, it’s practically a must-have for websites to be content managed, responsive, and well presented with the help of well written stylesheets that have revolutionized the user interface of web pages. Websites today are a far throw from the websites of the past. I’ve been designing for the web since the days of static, non flexible websites. That was only about 48 virtual years ago… far less in real time. Now we find that the once unassuming HTML tags have become dynamic mark up that improves the meaning of content to search engines, while Style Sheets (CSS) are evolving further, supporting animation, that could only be accomplished by the use of JQuery or Flash. CSS is indeed a remarkable ever-evolving invention and a web standard among creative front-end developers. To handle special functions where HTML, CSS and PHP fall short, there is Javascript and JQuery and so many other coding languages that do so many other things. Here is an overview of some of the components that make a proper website today, above and beyond the code language side of web development, just mentioned.

Phase 1:
Design and Design Guide: A guide that can be edited before the build phase is extremely important as design is a deliberate and intentional process, A design brief is therefore a requirement playing an integral part of any design process and forming a central tangible area of discussion and agreement, before entering the build phase.

Phase 2:
Build phase: After the design (Blue Prints / Architectural draught ) is finalized, the construction begins for various mediums, in this case the web:
Foundation: a framework that can be built on: the Brick work or layout
PHP integration: Bringing the cabling into the brick work and testing it.
Styling: This is perhaps the most exciting challenge of a website, styling it to match the design from phase 1, a bit like painting walls and furnishing.
Content: This is the meat of the website. Many web designers or web companies, hardly concern themselves with this aspect because it goes beyond the boundaries of their duties, but I urge my clients to put in the effort to produce quality content, as ultimately this is what makes a website desirable to engage in. I also go so far as to read or skim content as I work with it, and offer solutions if needed. This is a unique factor to working with me. I care about the quality of content you publish on the web and I wish your business every success. The content is a key part of the design brief I give you, in phase 1. It seems easier for more established businesses to produce content and deliver it efficiently, but for some start ups, content writing can be a crippling exercise and an obstacle on the path to achieving that magic website.

I recommend first drafting the pages your site must definitely have, bearing in mind that you can add more on Content Managed Systems. Determine how you plan to use your website, and what you will be doing on it: adding photos, writing and publishing articles, posting stories, videos, music, etc. Determine what you’d like to highlight, and on which page. See this post to understand Web Page Structure and this post on Content File Structure. These seemingly little organizational habits will improve your flow of thinking… and will keep you sane as you grow content.

If content writing is a task, then you can consider hiring a web content writer. Once your website is complete, there is another crucial step to not avoid and that is marketing your website. To start, from the web development side, the site should be submitted to search engines first, set up analytics, optimize your content for sarah engines, and a host of other things that improve your websites rank. I will post more on this in time.

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