Web Content Development and Coding

In Web Design | on Apr. 29, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

It has long been said that content is what rules a website; content is king. While there are different schools of thought at the moment, it is unanimously agreed that having the right content is life-changing for a website. The visual aspects of a site may be appealing to undeniable standards. But without the right kind of content to back up the artistic design work, a site is not likely to maintain a regular trend of both new and repeat visitors.

Web content development used to be a job undertaken by the content developer. But the increasing demands in web development outside the content, has compelled the developer to be more versed in the science of developing information architecture and programming, and not developing content. With this deficit in personnel, a new job arose- that of content development. Content writing is a lot more complex than it appears on a superficial aspect, mostly because it involves more than basic writing. Content writers are usually professionals, training themselves to master not only the complexities of communicating in the most interactive way, but also delivering content with the desired level of sophistication, all the while maintaining interest and passing the message.

There are many web development services in the world today, and a good proportion of them even offer content development. But for these services, they give the client the option of outsourcing their content needs from a different, more specialized service, implying that content is far too important to be treated like just another job. Outside coding, there are no technicalities in content development, only demands of creativity. Content developers need to research the niche market, and understand how best to meet their needs, as far as the content to be created is concerned. They either have the option of researching the content from online sources, from print sources if there are no reliable resources over the internet, or creating it themselves if they retain an expertise in the niche. For instance, if the website has a medical alignment to it, a medical professional can be contracted to write specific pages of content to fulfil the needs that the website has.

After the content has been created, edited, proofread and ascertained that it lacks in errors of any kind, it has to be integrated into the website and for this to happen coding in mark-up language is a prerequisite. There are some content developers who endeavour to learn HTML, and increase their set of skills. The ability to do so is highly appreciated, since it reduces the work of the developer who is supposed to code the work, or eliminates the need to hire a new person altogether. When the content developer is not versed in the language, they can use HTML editors to code the work. These are usually easy to use, and produce useable results. For even better results, a developer needs to go through the coded work, ascertain that it will fit into the website just fine, without any undesirable outcomes such as overlapping texts.

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