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Web Production Timeline

Project Timeline

 

1. Planning

  • Requirements analysis - client goals, target audience, detailed features
  • Site map
  • Contracts - Project closure clauses, exit clauses, copyright ownership & timelines
  • Required Resources - software, stock photography, fonts, etc

2. Design

  • Wireframe and design planning - the visual layout of the website begins to take shape
  • Mock-ups - allows for relatively easy modifications
  • Review and approval cycle - reviewing, tweaking and approving the mock-ups (the time to make changes, not after the design has been coded)

 

3. Development

  • Build development framework - ensures that the server can handle the installation and set-up smoothly
  • Code templates for each page type - (e.g. home, general content, blog post, form)
  • Develop special features and interactivity - where the fancy elements come into play
  • Populate with content - loading all of the content provided by the client or writer

4. Testing

  • Test links and functionality - walk through every single page created
  • Testing - final diagnostics using the available tools: code validators, broken-link checkers, website health checks and spell-checker
  • Cross-Browser Checking - Checking that site works in multiple browsers like IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, iPhone, BlackBerry

 

5. Release 1

  • Inspection - Client given access to front & backend of website
  • Collaboration - discuss functionality and direction of website with client

6. Refinement

  • Fine Tuning - identify parts of the website that could be improved in small ways

 

7. Launch

  • Upload to live server - transferringfrom test server to the live web server
  • Hand site over to client - all contractual obligations have been met and the client is satisfied with the product

8. Post-launch

  • Provide documentation and source files - Providing the client with documentation for the website, a soft-copy site map and details on the framework and languages used
  • Project close, final documentation - the client signs off on the last checks, provide your contact information for support, and officially close the project.

 

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