The 10 steps of creating a website


# 1. Preliminary draft and preliminary questions

To approach your web project in the best way, it is important to answer some simple but essential questions:

  • Do you really need a website and if so, why?
  • What do you expect from your website?
  • Who will he contact?
  • What kind of content do you want to upload?
  • What features do you need?
  • With-you defined the type of website to design: site showcase – catalog site – e-commerce site – professional blog?
  • Have you already identified your competitors? How do they communicate?
  • What is your availability?
  • What is your budget?

It is from the answers to these questions that you will be able to clearly expose your project to a webmaster who can then offer you the solution best suited to your needs. A web designer such as web design Northampton can ask you these questions.


# 2. Definition of objectives through the specifications

The specifications are the essential support for the success of your web project. Indeed, it is on this document that you will express as clearly as possible all your expectations and describe what are your needs. This document will frame the services to be performed and set the objectives to your webmaster.


# 3. The estimate

The quote is a contractual and legal document that is established by the webmaster from the specifications that you have completed.

It will be sent to you for validation (or not). Once you have accepted the terms of the quote (materialized by the payment of a deposit), the webmaster can then start the work.


# 4. Graphic charter and web design

The first thing to do is to define what will be the visual identity of your website . The goal here is to try to define and create the graphic universe of your site (colors, typography, logo, iconography, etc.). If you need to be supported, this step can be done in collaboration with an external service provider (graphic designer, communication agency, etc.).

Most often, several custom graphic models are created and developed from the elements of the specifications.


# 5. Website creation

We are now entering the heart of the matter.
Your webmaster begins the technical creation of your web site strictly speaking and implements the functionalities that you wished to have in the specifications.

According to what you have agreed, it will also take care of the integration of the content (images, videos, texts) that you have provided. According to the technical solution that has been chosen, you may be able to follow live the progress of work.


# 6. Training

Now, it’s going to be up to you to work .
With the access codes to the administration panel of your future website, your webmaster gives you a guide to getting started with your site . This support details the use of the main functions that you will use on a daily basis.

The interest here is to help you build skills and acquire sufficient autonomy to manage your site alone at a cruising speed.


# 7. SEO optimization

Having a website online is good. To make it seen is much better!
This step consists of validating the on-page part , ie: re-writing certain contents (keywords), validating the density of keywords, checking the ratio of texts / images, taking care of the content of description tags and titles each page of the site, etc.

This step will lead to verification of the validity of the source code, validation against W3C standards and in some cases may lead to possible fixes.


# 8. Website upload

It’s the long-awaited ” D-day “. Your website is finally published on the definitive server on which is attached your domain name that you have reserved with the hosting.

Your webmaster finishes the last points of the server configuration (.HTACCESS files, URL Rewriting, redirection 301, error page 404 …) and configures statistical monitoring: incoming traffic, bounce rate, visitor browser, duration of sessions, pages visited, etc.
In order to promote the indexing of the pages of the site, your webmaster will generate and submit the Sitemap file of your site to the different search engines.


# 9. SEO

Your site is now live and visible , your webmaster will ensure that it is easily findable by users.

The purpose of SEO is to increase the visibility of the pages of your website .

For this, it is advisable to promote the site on social networks, on forums, to index it by search engines and to register it on general and specialized directories.


# 10. Follow-up and assistance

Now that your website is in production, your webmaster can accompany you according to your needs to ensure the technical smooth running every day and accompany you in future developments.

As a professional and according to your needs, he will be in charge of the follow-up of the good functioning, will bring the possible corrections and he will take care of the evolution of the implemented functionalities.

He will also make regular backups of the site and the database.

Because my clients do not always have the time and technical skills, I always offer them technical assistance and follow-up. This support is also possible for sites that I did not create, of course.