The Six-Step Process
Designed through experience, customized for quality
Project Kickoff: Project participants are introduced; roles and responsibilities are discussed; goals and timeframes are outlined; discovery process is planned.
Discovery: The mission of the organization is understood; the goals for the web site are identified; status of client systems is understood and logical steps for improvement are discussed; systems integration, information flow, content workflow issues are discussed.
Architecture: Specific content and navigation plans are developed; wireframe mockups of page layouts are done; functionality and data call-outs are detailed; member content areas and access rules are identified; taxonomy and display rules for content is specified; CMS functionality to be implemented is decided; the estimated cost of the plan is provided for client approval.
Design: Visual page layouts are developed to support the content and navigation defined; client approval and any needed revision takes place; graphics and visual elements such as images and flash are determined and artwork is created; photo shoots are conducted or images otherwise acquired.
Implementation-development: Approved layouts and artwork is assembled into html/CSS templates; CMS infrastructure is established; templates are integrated to the CMS; development URL is given to client for progress and testing; ASP / .net code is developed to support any custom functionality; structured content areas are developed; content conversion-placement may begin.
Training & Launch: Client personnel are shown how to use the tools; client content approval workflow decisions are implemented in the CMS; content placement and formatting are finalized; site is moved to hosting equipment; if the IP address is different, change to DNS is made and the site is “live” to the internet.