How to Complete a Web Development Project Successfully

How to Complete a Web Development Project Successfully

Any business worth anything has a website these days, and a
small business can use a website for anything from sharing information to
operating an online storefront. But for the less technologically literate, the
process of completing a web development project and building a website can look
daunting, with a wide array of options. And if you are a digital agency looking
to build websites for other business, you have to consider how to do the best
job for them.

Making the website is a process, with workers cooperating
every step of the way to create a product which will benefit the small
business. Here are some of the most important steps and features which can make
all the difference.

  1. Too little is better than too much

Before making a website, many businesses will hold a
brainstorming session where they debate what features the website should have.
While this may seem like a good idea, what happens all too often is that a
dozen people suggest a dozen features, and a manager decides to have the
website with all of those features because hey, what is the harm?

There is plenty of harm. A website with too much information
will intimidate viewers. It will be slower to load, and CEOWORLD points out that even a few seconds’
delay can drive a substantial percentage of users away. Your website will be
unfocused. By trying to be everything to everyone, you end up only annoying
everyone.

As a business leader, you should be used to saying no, even
to ideas which may seem reasonable. Plan a website which only has the essential
features to begin with. What those are can vary from business to business, but
your primary goal should be for new viewers to quickly understand what your
business is about. You can always add new features later once the website is
complete.

  1. Create a Flow Chart

When designing a website, everyone should have different
responsibilities. Someone needs to design the homepage. Someone else needs to
determine what Content Management System (CMS) to use such as WordPress. Someone else needs to determine how
domain ownership will be purchased, and so on.

The key is that you should establish a process which makes
clear who carries what assignment. Design a flow chart which shows what needs
to be accomplished first for others to do their jobs and serves as an overall
guide for the project. Even if you are the only one designing the website, I
would suggest building a flow chart anyways. It will help you visualize what
needs to get done compared to storing everything in your head.

  1. Communication is Key

Building a website, even for a simple Botox
company, is a complicated and ongoing process which means that everyone must
know how far others have progressed. Building a flow chart at the start can
help, but communication ensures that there are no breakdowns during the web
development process.

However, this does not mean holding several meetings that no one wants to participate in. Technology such as Slack or even Discord can keep people connected even if they are not in the same office. A regular check-in, even over the Internet, can help ensure that there are no misunderstandings and everyone knows their exact role. This is so fascinating that some people try to get Discord members at IncrediTools to grow faster.

  1. Do not forget maintenance

A company is never finished with a website. Websites must be
constantly maintained, updated with the latest software, and filled with new content
to attract views and stay at the top of search engine rankings. Your website is
a customer’s first glance at your business, and a sloppy website with broken
links and pictures portrays a sloppy business.

The rise of mobile browsing is a major example why it is
important to constantly update your website. Mobile internet use surpassed
desktop for the first time in November 2016 according to TechCrunch, and the numbers have continued to
favor mobile ever since. Yet far too many websites are designed for desktops
rather than mobile devices and lose mobile viewer interest. SEO is another
example of technology marching on, as tricks which may have worked a few years
ago are less applicable as Google updates its algorithms.

 The above
steps – designing, planning, communicating, and maintenance – are admittedly
only a portion of what is needed to complete a web development project. But
these are the most important steps which will make the distinction between a
great website which gets leads and viewers and a mediocre site. After it is all
finished, take a step back and evaluate what worked and what did not. If you
ever need to do another project again, you will be ready.