7 phases of website development

Do you have an idea on startup, MVP or business project development and you don’t know how to start with? We have prepared 7 phases that are essential for website development...

Do you have an idea on startup, MVP or business project development and you don’t know how to start with? We have prepared 7 phases that are essential for website development. You will get to know as to the stages involved and time to be spent for every phase. Moreover, in our previous article you will be able to pick information on how much a website cost and plan your budget wisely before the development process starts.

If you have a brand new idea, I would recommend starting with minimum viable product (MVP). You can read more about it in our last articles.

So, you’ve got an idea and you are looking for a proper company for development. You do want to know what they will do and how the process of transforming your idea into a ready project goes through. Basically it consists of 7 important phases. While each of them lasts from 1 week up to several months. The full cycle of development process can last from 1 month to 1 year. It all depends on the number of functions and implementation complexity.

Phase #1. Planning

The first stage consists of planning and project detailed analysis. At this very phase all details of the future site should be discussed. The more thoroughly the project is thought out, the fewer problems will arise in the future. If your idea is one of the kind, and you are creating a startup, we would highly recommend you to sign up the NDA in order to protect your idea from copying.

At this phase a project manager sets up a strong communication with the client, makes discussions and offers ideas on project improvement since it will be the basement for the whole development process. First phase duration is about 1-3 weeks.

7 phases of website development

Phase #2. Design

After the first phase completion, the company and the client do understand what functions the project implies. The second phase is about design. A designer creates sketches and designs basing on the customer’s preferences and requirements. It is of high importance at this stage for the project to have professional and functional design. Each layout is to be sent for further approval. Second phase duration depends on the project scale and can vary from 1 week and up to 1 month.

7 phases of website development

Phase #3. HTML layouts encoding

After the second phase, you will have all pages sketches. Now you do know how your project will look like. So the third phase starts with HTML coding. As a result, you will get static pages with responsive design, which can be seen at the Internet. HTLM coding duration takes approximately the same period of time as design development – from 1 week up to 1 month and depends solely on the project size. This phase could always be accelerated if additional developers are involved into the encoding process. However, this will certainly increase the cost of the project.

Phase #4. Functional part development

This phase is one of the most important one, time and workforce consuming. The team launches process of all functions of the project encoding. Using Kanban or Scram methodology, you can achieve a high speed development. At this stage, the project gradually becomes more and more functional. Each sprint and release matters. At this time, the client is able to see clearly how each module is executed. For example, the Merehead company uses a clear approach, wherein each module has its own color. The client can log into the project at any time and see what has already been done, what is being done and what will be done. So that, you are able to control development process at any stage. As a result, on this phase completion, you will get released alpha version of the project. Duration of development is from 1 month and up to 6-9 months.

7 phases of website development

Phase #5. Testing

Before this phase beginning, you’ve already had an alpha version of the project. Still, it has lots of bugs and errors. In order to work properly, QA-engineers perform functional testing and stress testing. They work closely with developers to provide a detailed error report. As a result, you will receive full working version of the project. Testing phase duration can be from 1 week up to 1 month.

Phase #6. Implementation

At this phase, the project is to be filled out with real content, it is installed on real servers, and all internal systems are transferred from test mode to live one. Your project becomes available to everyone round the globe.

7 phases of website development

Phase #7. Support

After launching the project, you may have ideas as to functionality improving or adding new features. At this stage, the developing company can help easily as to the matter.
Should you have any questions, I would be glad to provide you with possible assistance.

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