If you’ve never had a website designed, you might feel a bit lost at the beginning. You might not have a grasp of how the process works as each designer does things differently.
For your ease of understanding of how a website comes to be, we’ve broken down the web design process into 7 steps. These will be beneficial in having a basic idea of how Zador Designs and other web designers in LA work.
Without wasting any more time, let’s delve into the steps of web design:
1. Discovery & Goal Setting
Like any other project, web design begins with goal identification. This step involves a deep dive that you and your designer need to take to understand your company, your customers, and your vision for the website itself.
You essentially make a rough scope for the project. From determining what pages you might need to fulfill the goals of your website to setting a timeline required to build those pages, you create a rough plan.
2. Sitemap Creation
Once you have the goals set up, you can move on to the development of the sitemap. The sitemap is simply a structural outline of all the pages that will make up your website.
This typically involves a home page, an about us section, a page for contact details, and a page listing your services or products. From there, it’s up to you and the details of your business.
3. Content Strategy
Now that you know what pages you want to include, it’s time to think about what they will say. This involves studying competitor pages and creating an SEO strategy for your specific needs.
If you already have an existing website, the designer and you will review to decide it only needs some sprucing up or whether you need to rewrite from scratch. You can write the content yourself or hire a content writer to do it for you.
4. Visual Design
Once all the details regarding the sitemap and content are somewhat finalized, the next step involves setting up the visual design elements, which includes creating the website wireframe.
This phase focuses on the UX and UI design, along with creating basic mockups. You can get a pretty good idea of the layout and the user experience your website’s visitors will get when scrolling through.
With all the details figured out, the designer will begin the development process. The wireframe and the mockups are then translated into actual code.
This is the lengthiest and most intricate part of the web design process. The designers use various programs and software programs like WordPress to create a live version of the mockup.
Testing should be done throughout the coding process to make sure all the pages are optimized and working the way the designer wants them to. This includes testing the UX and UI design from a user’s perspective.
Manual browsing on different devices is also included to make sure the website is efficiently responsive. This is the phase where the designer can smooth out kinks before the big launch.
After the design is optimized to your liking and everything has been working beautifully in all the tests, your website is ready to go live. Before you break out the bubbly, do communicate with the designer and schedule the day and time of the launch. Also, figure out the marketing strategies that will be going along with the launch so you can let the world know about your website.
The launch of the website might be the official last step in the process, but it is not the end. Once the website is ready for your audience, you need to continue monitoring it to sustain optimal performance.
Also, regular website evaluation and maintenance are crucial for providing your users with an uninterrupted experience.