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Building a Website from scratch

Building a Website from scratch

Building a website from scratch can be a daunting prospect. Here are some simple tips to help you create something that fits the brief and you can be really proud of.  

The problem  

You know what the website is for and what you want it to do, but you don’t know how to get there. 

What tech will you use? How will the site look and behave? How are you going to make sure it's been thoroughly tested before it goes live? Finally, how long is this all going to take. 


 1. Whether you’re working as part of a team (I was) or on your own, one of the most important tips I can give is communication. Before you begin designing or building anything, everyone involved has to be on the same page. As developers we can be known for our lack of communication and our enthusiasm for getting building as soon as  possible. I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to have a kick-off conversation before you start doing anything. In this conversation you can cover all of the questions above and make sure that you have a clear process and timeline in place.

 2. This one is a team-specific one but if you’re working with a designer make sure you involve yourself in the design process. Sit with the designer and discuss the ideas that they have and how they will work from a dev perspective. I didn’t do this enough on my first project and it created some very annoying issues further down the line.

 3. Keep things simple. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to make your site do too much. Often the simpler things are, the better they look to the user. This is also true when it comes to ease of use. If a site has too many moving parts it can often be confusing to use.

 4. When it comes to testing have a plan. If you don’t have a clear plan of how and what you are going to test then you will miss things. Get a clear idea of the devices, browsers and screen-widths you are going to test. If you’re part of a team then plan out who is going to test what and where the feedback is going to be collected. 

 5. Finally, make sure you give it to the client for testing with plenty of time before go-live, I would recommend at least 2 weeks. There will be things that didn’t come up in internal testing that the client will notice or want to change.

The above is not a complete list, just some tips to include in your process. However if you include them I can promise that things will become easier, and you are more likely to create a site that everyone is happy with. 

Tom Bale

Created on Friday August 23 2019 02:30 PM

Tags: website

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