Website Development can be defined as presentation of information in an organized and lucrative manner to an end-user through the World Wide Web. This information can be accessed by the end user with the help of a Web browser or other Web-enabled software from anywhere - anytime across the globe. With stupendous development and sophistication of the Information Technology and its ally Communication Industry, the Website Development has grown by leaps and bounds. Not surprisingly, the Website Development is breaking shackles and creating its independent industry status.
Typically, all website consists of text and numerous images. The introductory or the very first page of a website is called the Index or Home page. The other relevant web pages showcasing information like product and services, contact details, etc are also created. Website Development includes designing of Web sites, Web pages, Web applications (multimedia). The process of Website Development involves multiple disciplines, which includes animation, authoring of web pages, corporate identity, graphic design, communication design, information architecture, marketing, human-computer interaction, photography, interaction design, search engine optimization (SEO) and typography. A Web site can be either having static pages, or dynamic pages; where dynamic pages automatically adapt to content or visual appearance of the web page. The dynamism of the web page depends on factors, like end-user input, Webmaster input, changes in the computing environment, etc.
The nomenclature of Website Development
The process of Website Development includes multi-disciplinary components from information systems, information technology and communication design. These multi-disciplinary components are categorized as "front-end" and "back-end". The viewable components like the page layout, text, graphics, audio, user interface, etc) are known as the "front-end" components. While the "back-end components" includes scripted functions, source code, etc along with the server-side components.
Important tool of Website Development
Website Development includes designing of Web sites, Web pages and Web applications through a number of tools. These tools can be either ready-to-use or tailored as per the requirements of the development process. The prevailing popular tools or technologies that are being widely used for Website Development are -
- Markup languages - like XHTML and XML
- Style sheet languages - like CSS, XSL, etc
- Server-side scripting - like PHP, ASP and DotNET
- Database technologies - like MySQL
- Multimedia technologies - like Flash and Silverlight
Depending on the size and complexities of the Website Development project, manpower is deployed. The Website Development project may employ a multi-skilled individual or a team with specialized skills.
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The essence of Website Development
The main essence of Website Development is to disseminate information through its Content, via Internet. Therefore, the importance of Content, and its relevance to the objective of such Website- Development becomes the ultimate focus. Moreover, the content should be developed in such a manner that the website brings in a lot of user traffic whom the website is targeted at.
During Website Development care is also taken on the usability factor, which includes sub-factors like website user-friendliness, interface fluidity, navigation and reliability. There should be absolute parity in appearance all through the website. The graphics, text and their styling should follow single style all through the website. The styling should be appropriate to the context of the requirements of the website. This would give maximum professional appeal to the website. Another important factor is the Visibility of the website, i.e. it should be easily available on all search engines.
The final hosting
The final process of Website Development involves publishing and uploading over the Internet. Engaging an FTP client can do the process of uploading. As soon as a Website is published, the web master employs different techniques to increase the website traffic.