A Web Design Roadmap Part 2
Now that the initial research and planning part of web design has been covered, you should be prepared to begin considering the appearance and programming of your site. That is what we’ll cover next.
“Look and Feel” of the Web Design
Now the information is gathered for your web design and a plan has been made. It is time to decide what the web design is actually going to look like.
The look of your web design should be decided based on the demographic your web design is meant for, as well as the content that will be available in the web design. A web design that has bright, flashy colours, and animated images all over would be appropriate if aimed at teenagers, but the same design used for a professional corporation would not be as effective. This is why you gathered information about your demographic before reaching this stage.
Another aspect of the look of a web design is some sort of branding. The web design for your company should match the logo or image that your company has created for itself. As an example, a company that deals with clean air and protecting the environment would probably use white, light blues, and light greens as those are colours that are associated with that sector.
Development of the Web Design
The development of a web design is the actual process of creating the web design using different combinations of software and programming languages. It is the point at which the functions, design, and content of the web design are put together to create a finished, working product.
This process in web design will begin with the development of the home page of the web design. This will include the navigation structure, such as menus and other links, as well as some form of content, such as an article or video about the company.
From the development of the main page of your web design comes the creation of the shell, or template, of the other pages that will be included in the web design. This template will consist of the main navigational structure of your web design, as well as any other features such as a search bar, feedback forms, or translate function, that exist on the main page and will be required on every other page. This allows the entire web design to be consistent from page to page.
This development is also the time in which the specific features of your web design are made functional. You have already decided where to place things, like search bars, and now it is time for these things to be programmed to do their job. There are many different web design languages that are used to implement this functionality, including XHTML, HTML5, CSS, JAVA, FLASH, and others.
In the next part, you’ll learn about testing and maintaining the newly designed site.