How to create a site development plan?
Our many years of experience shows that having a site 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 the use of its 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.
It is necessary to answer a simple question: what are the functions of the future online resource, what benefits will it bring? We should think about this at the stage of creating a work plan for developing a site, because this will determine many decisions and help to draw up 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 the site to hosting. During the development process, programmers deploy a local server, where they create a temporary address where they will access the project during work. When transferring this address will be replaced with a domain name. If it is known in advance, you will have to make a lot less edits in the code. This will reduce the number of errors.
Despite the fact that the development of sites always includes the stage of design preparation, but to think over the visual concept, it is worthwhile to form wishes in advance. Whether the site’s appearance will be graphically rich or concise, whether you need to adapt it for mobile devices, whether to use brand colors or choose a different palette – all these and other questions will help the designer to quickly find solutions that are completely satisfactory.
CMS (Content Management System) – site content management system. This is the tool with which you or administrators will manage the published information. Choose a CMS is necessary before the start of development due to many factors. The fact is that the CMS defines:
features of layout, structure of pages and project files;
which components already exist and which ones will have to be developed from scratch;
Requirements for used technologies, parameters of hosting or server.
CMS are paid and free. The advantage of the latter is a large number of additions and finished components. Paid systems are chosen by those who place high demands on the performance, security and ease of administration of the future site.
There is no need to form a detailed content publication grid. It is enough to determine what types of information will be placed on its pages. These can be product cards, examples of completed projects, descriptions and presentations of services, a catalog of products with filters, video, audio, interactive games. Even an approximate 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 to work with any particular type of content.