Who This Guide Is For
Written in relatively non-technical language, this guide provides a broad overview of the process of developing a website, from the initial needs assessment through site launch, maintenance and follow up. It is appropriate for:
- Small and medium-size businesses;
- Web designers, developers, and design/development firms.
Important Note: Throughout the guide, “business” and “organization” are used interchangeably. How you apply the steps in this guide will depend on your role and the relative authority it offers. If you’re leading a web team, it will provide you a more effective process. If you’re less involved with the building process, it will help you understand best practices, the setting of expectations, and allow you to ask more informed questions of web team members — and challenge them if they’re not doing a thorough, conscientious job. Also, because this guide is written for a diverse audience, it uses the language of both “business” and “designer,” and some sections are highlighted for specific project roles. “Designer” refers broadly to the person or team building the web sites.
Also, while this is not a pricing guide, where costs are mentioned, they are in U.S. Dollars.
Who This Guide Is Not For
While you may benefit from applying the ideas within, if you’re building a four-page site for your family reunion or a 5,000-page site for a Fortune 500 company, this guide may be too detailed or way too short, respectively. And since it’s written to be relatively accessible and non-technical, the guide does not address the how-to of writing HTML, using Photoshop, or working in a Content Management System (CMS). Please consult specialized resources for those tasks.