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From Concept to Execution

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In This Chapter

arrow Determining site goals and requirements

arrow Creating a project plan

arrow Building sitemaps and wireframes

arrow Developing your content and visual design strategy

arrow Testing, launch, and maintenance

Developing a professional-grade website is a big undertaking; its complexities are not to be taken lightly. With so many moving parts, people to wrangle, and steps involved — from compressing graphics to tracking bugs and licensing media — you have to approach the madness with some sort of methodology.

A lot of web-design agencies like to refer new clients to their patent-pending, proprietary “five-step design process” to educate them on the chronology of the development process. With minor variations, the five steps are Definition, Design, Development, Deployment, ...

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