Any website or piece of software we experience was created by a web developer—but what exactly is web development, and what processes are involved?
To the average viewer, it can tend to be a complex, perplexing, and somewhat inaccessible area. So, to shed more light on this exciting industry, we've curated the definitive guide to web creation and what it takes to become a full-fledged web developer.
In this tutorial, we'll go into the foundations of web development in detail, as well as show you the skills and resources you'll need to get into the industry.
Here's what we'll talk about:
The method of creating websites and software for the internet or a private network such as an intranet is known as web development. Web development is not concerned with the architecture of a website; rather, it is concerned with the coding and programming that drives the functionality of the website.
From basic static web pages to social media networks and applications, e-commerce websites, and content management systems (CMS), web developers have created all of the resources we use daily across the internet.
While it may sound insignificant, this is the most critical step in the whole process. Consider this: if we have big misunderstandings at this point, or if our expectations are not in line with those of the consumer, the final product will be wrong, and the customer will be confused.
We save a lot of time later on if we gather all of the details we need right from the start, particularly in the early stages of the design stage.
Throughout the planning process, this step runs simultaneously with the construction of the site. The explanation for this is that as the process progresses through each phase, we will eventually gather more and more knowledge from you.
When we first start filling the web with useful material, we begin with the front page (also known as the home page) and the main internal pages. Although the content will be finalized later, making these pages already filled helps us to create concept designs based on the content structure.
It should be remembered that when we talk about content, we don't just mean text. Visuals such as photographs, animations, graphs, and maps are also included in the content.
The logic behind this process is clear. It saves the design team a large amount of time and resources. Clients will make the most of their critiques and recommendations during the design process (unless they are programmers themselves), so changing a prototype rather than a completely developed web page is much easier. It helps the customer to play with their proposals without slowing the process or increasing the overall expense of the project.
As with the prototypes, we begin by working with the client on their website's homepage. We know from past knowledge that this is when the most problems will emerge. After all, the client is selecting the online face of their business.
You should not proceed beyond this point without the client's permission because this choice establishes the design style for the rest of the website. You still need to urge your clients to take their time before making approval decisions but warn them not to linger on it for too long. Overthinking will lead you to jumble every idea you've had up to this stage. It is preferable to make a reasonable but timely decision.
For a typical-sized location, this period will last four to eight weeks. During this process, the customer takes a back seat while technical aspects are worked out behind the scenes.
The project manager, who has already prepared a concise rundown of all the site's pages, hands it over to the website's lead creator. The creator then downloads the Content Management System (CMS) and programs all of the site's modules.
At this stage, the web has been designed, compiled, coded, and is ready for use on a real internet browser, but it is still only available to the production team.
The first stage of research is to fill the remainder of the website with related material. This is achieved by the CMS, which unwittingly tests the CMS's functionality as well as the semantic credibility of the website.