The Steps to Building a Website

My profession before joining the Devon Dogs team was leading a website development team in Somerset, where I built many websites over several years. As such, I thought it may be interesting to describe some of the steps involved in building a website.

1. The first stage for any new website is planning – deciding how the new website is going to be structured. This should include a list of pages that you are intending to include on the website, and the content that you are going to put on these pages such as text and images. Without this planning in place it’s difficult to progress the website any further.

2. Once you’ve got an idea of the pages and content you’d like, the next step is to start coming up with a design. This will include decisions such as an overall colour scheme for the website (typically revolving around two or three main colours), the width of the website, and the general layout of each page.

3. The third stage of building a website is to actually start building it! This stage is far easier when following a pre-defined design, although some web developers prefer to rely on their instincts when building and see what kind of design they come up with. You can also use Content Management Systems (CMS) such as WordPress that help make the building process easier.

4. The penultimate stage for any website being built is to test, test and test! You want the final product to be as polished as possible before the public see it, so you’ll need to test it as a user would and hope you catch any issues or bugs that have occurred. For modern websites this includes testing it on mobile devices such as phones and tablets

5. Finally, once you’re happy with the website the last stage is to launch it. As part of this process you’ll need to let search engines such as Google know about the new website so that they index it more quickly and you’ll start appearing in search results sooner.

I hope you found this summary of building a website interesting. What about you, what is an activity that you know well, or your favourite hobby or place to visit? I would love to hear from you. Post your comments below. Why don’t you share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon? Or try following us on Twitter?

Chris Green

About the Author: Chris Green works in the office at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs, using his technical expertise to assist wherever needed. In his spare time he likes playing guitar and bass, and hiking around Dartmoor.

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