The Final Phases of Website Development

In Web Design | on May. 02, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Website development is carried out in phases, and the final phases are just as important as the initial ones, if not more. It is in these final phases that the objectives are reviewed, and it is ascertained that they have all been met. There is a lot of interactivity between the developer and the client, to review the work that has been undertaken and completed. The client expresses their satisfaction or dissatisfaction based on the final results of the websites. They make any last requests they have, if there are any, before the website begins the process of being put up on the internet.

Before this happens, there is an aggressive testing phase that first proceeds. The developers and designers have to make sure that all their committed hours have resulted in something functional. It starts with the overall layout, where the developers determine whether the content and the graphics are perfect. They ensure that there is no overlapping of any kind, and that all images, videos and other multimedia additions are visible. Loading tests are carried out, to ensure that the content, inclusive of both the written material and the multimedia details, load in good time. If not, adjustments are made, perhaps by reducing the page size by optimizing the images, and removing some graphical elements, or by getting greater bandwidth space for the website.

Applications are also tested to ensure that they are working as they should. These tests are regularly repeated, ensuring that all variables that might affect their working are addressed. There are free application-testing tools offered by different resources, which can aid in these tests. These are usually accurate, and the fact that they are offered for free is highly rejoiced. There are two kinds of tests carried out- those that ensure that the applications are indeed working, and those to ensure that the applications are working online. These live tests are done when the website is put up on the internet, and like the previous ones, are repeated, with each repeat accounting for a different variable.

Browser-compatibilities are also carried out not only for the content, but for the applications as well. Different browsers run differently, and for a website to be deemed truly fit, it has to respond to all of them, regardless of the differences that might arise. It’s not possible to get the websites viewed on all the browsers on the internet, simply because there are too many. But if it runs well on the most common ones (Mozilla, IE, Netscape, Chrome, Safari, Opera, etc) then it is satisfactory. Resolution tests are also carried out, to ensure that the website can be viewed on the most basic computer resolutions, and even those with advanced ones that are being introduced into the market.

These final phases of website development are of utmost importance, since they determine whether the site will be functional when it is put online. Testing reports are archived, since they might be needed during routine maintenance by the webmaster.

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