IN THIS CHAPTER
The standard steps in the web design process:
Conceptualization and research
Content organization and creation
By now you are familiar with (X)HTML and CSS, but markup and visual design are only pieces of the whole web design process. In this chapter and the following, we’ll broaden the scope to consider the big picture of how sites get built and published to the Web.
Web sites come in all shapes and sizes—from a single page résumé to mega-sites conducting business for worldwide corporations and everything in between. Regardless of the scale, the process for developing a site involves the same basic steps:
1. Conceptualize and research.
2. Create and organize content.
3. Develop the “look and feel.”
4. Produce a working prototype.
5. Test it.
6. Launch the site.
Of course, depending on the nature and scale of the site, these steps will vary in sequence, proportion, and number of people required, but in essence, they are the aspects of a typical journey in the creation of a site. This chapter examines each step of the web design process.
Every web site begins with an idea. It’s the result of someone wanting to get something online, be it for personal or commercial ends. This early phase is exciting. You start with the core idea (“photo album for my family,” “shopping site for skateboarding gear,” “online banking,” etc.) ...