When it comes to web development Toronto has some of the best agencies. This is mostly due to the fact that these agencies are very methodical. All the web development Toronto agencies undertake follow a general process to ensure that the final product achieves the client’s goals. As a minimum the web development process they use generally follow these five steps:
Planning: At this stage the web developer interviews and discusses with the client to determine the client’s brand, what the website is expected to do, and any features the client wants the website to have. This is a point where considerations such as cost, quality, technical feasibility, and practicality are discussed. Whatever is agreed upon is compiled into a project description. From the project description, a contract is drawn to reflect the rights and obligations of the web development agency and the client, including payment terms and deliverables. In the final part of the planning phase, the web developers list down all the resources required to complete the website per contract requirements. Members of professional organizations like the WebProfessionals.org consider planning as the most important step.
Web Design: The design phase is where all the details decided in the planning stage are fleshed out. The site structure and a visual representation of the finished web are the main products. The layout is created, and mock ups are used for presentation to the client; if necessary repeated revisions are made to address client comments, till approval is obtained. Then the basic web design is coded.
Web Development: At this stage the content management system is built. The templates for each type of page are coded, as are special features that the client asked for. Each of the features and interactive elements are tested for functionality. These may include online shopping carts, feedback forms, member registration, online bulletin boards, etc. Then the web’s pages are filled with relevant content like images, videos, blogs, and articles which may be directly provided by the client or produced by the agency’s copywriters based on information from the client. Then all links are tested to ensure functionality.
Website Launch: The initial launch is intended to reveal any further bugs and to obtain feedback from the general public or the target market. Any bugs found are immediately addressed. Some feedbacks from web visitors may require minor alterations or revisions beyond the scope of defined deliverables. When that happens the web development agency needs to consult with the client; the client gets final say on implementation, but decisions on cost variance require agreement of both parties. Final checks include cross-browser compatibility and, usually but not always, also for fully responsive design functionality.
Handover: When everything is complete and up and running, documentation is prepared. The website and all other elements included in the list of defined deliverables, including project documentation, are handed over to the client. This is also usually when the web developers receive full payment for their efforts.
While some web development companies may use more complex processes, these five steps are generally sufficient to ensure a website that fulfills the client’s expectations.