Web Development Process to Build Your Successful Web App

Do you know why entrepreneurs fail to generate high ROI through their websites? These are the main reasons.

  • Not defining a clear audience at the time of development
  • Not defining a clear strategy to develop a website
  • Having too many features
  • Complex functionalities for the users to understand

You should know that over 29.7% of businesses have established themselves online as of 2022. The reason is the low cost of the internet, which enables consumers and businesses to sell and purchase services or products easily. However, only a few could generate profits via their website.

This problem can be avoided by defining a proper web development life cycle and project management.

At Space-O, we have our web development team that creates the entire web development process and implements it to achieve success in the project. To understand the entire process of web development, we have contacted our tech lead and understood how they plan, monitor, and optimize the entire website development process.

So let us help you to understand the complete lifecycle we follow of the web development process.

6 Phases of Web Development Process

We have listed the website development process below, which will help you to streamline the website building process for your business. Apart from that, read this guide if you want an answer on how to create a web application. Also, let us help you understand each web development process step by step.

  1. Requirement Analysis

  2. Requirement Analysis
    Requirement analysis is the first phase of the web development lifecycle. This phase is all about understanding the client’s requirements. Every client has different requirements, strategies, and planning for developing their own website. Hence, the team of developers and the project manager gather around to discuss the following points.

    A) Defining the Technologies

    It is essential to be clear about what web technologies you are going to use. We have listed down the best web technologies you should consider choosing for your project as well.

    After discussing with our team of web developers we have gathered information about the top web technologies we use to develop powerful web applications. The following table includes a list of well-known technologies to apply to your web development project.

    CSSCSS decides the look and feel of the website. Bootstrap or Tailwind CSS frameworks help to speed up the development process.
    Frameworks
    • Yii, Zend, and Laravel – Three of the most popular PHP frameworks.
    • Node.js – JavaScript server-side framework
    • Ruby on Rails – Full-stack framework for Ruby
    • Django – Full-stack framework for Python
    Programming Languages
    • JavaScript
    • Python
    • Ruby
    • PHP
    • Java
    Databases
    • MySQL
    • MongoDB
    • PostgreSQL

    B) Finalizing the Timeline

    After choosing the right technology stack, our team of tech leads and developers discuss the following points.

    How much time will it take for the developers to understand the client’s business?

    Our team of developers understands every aspect of the client’s business and suggests additional functionalities to help to increase your team’s productivity.

    Above all, it also depends upon who will share the final timeline. If the client expects the work to be done within a specific timeline, the cost may vary. And, in case we will give the timeline the cost will be based on that timeline only.

    What features will be implemented in the project?

    Understanding each feature is a crucial part of the web app development process. A lack of understanding of the features may turn your project into a failure.

    Are the features and functionality complex to implement?

    Our team of developers will communicate with you, and understand the complexity of each feature in detail. So that, they can determine the exact timeline to develop and implement those features in your website.

    C) Gathering Resources

    In this phase, you will focus on gathering resources for your website. The project head will assign specific tasks to designers and developers after explaining the entire project details.

    It also includes purchasing paid plans, signing up for subscription-based services, and security considerations to take before starting a project.

    D) Collaboration Tools

    Collaborating tools support you directly to connect and collaborate with your web development team. Using tools like Basecamp and Skype, designers and developers can easily communicate with each other. These tools will also allow them to streamline their workflow.

    We have listed down some of the collaboration tools you can use for your next project.

    LogoToolsExplanation
    basecamp iconBasecampCreate a to-do list, assign tasks, and set due dates. Share docs, files, and images easily.
    skype iconSkypeSkype offers messaging, video, and one-to-one and group calls.
    asana iconAsanaAsana is a well-known project management tool. It allows users to assign tasks to members, including followers to projects to check the deadline.
    slack iconSlackSlack is a tool for instant messaging, file transfer, and message search.

    E) Initiate Your Meeting

    To initiate the client communication, initially, the sales team conducts a meeting with the client. The sales team communicates with the client, creates a work breakdown structure, and discusses the entire project flow.

    The team helps the client to solve all the queries they have about the project. Once all the queries will be solved from the client’s end, the project will initiate.

    F) NDA Signing

    Once the client agrees to start the web development, there will be an NDA signing process. The NDA is initiated between a company and the client.

    We, at Space-O, emphasize signing the NDA to keep the confidentiality between the company and the client. If you want to know more about the NDA for app development, we have curated an entire guide for you.

    Key Takeaway from Requirement Analysis

    The requirement analysis covers the development stages from defining technologies to signing NDA to ensure the clearance process. We adhere to a clear web application development process to help you check the feasibility of your idea and suggest the best solution to go ahead with the process.

    Want To Secure Your Website Idea With an NDA?

    Get in touch with our app consultants. Our team will ensure the safety of your idea and share all the required details.

  3. Wireframe and Website Design

  4. Wireframe and Website Design
    After the completion of the NDA signing, it is time to start the web design process.

    In this phase, you can create one graphic design checklist template. The template contains step by step flow of each element that the web design process should cover.

    A) Designing a Wireframe

    The wireframe is an essential part of the website development life cycle. By designing a wireframe, you will understand the exact flow of your website and solve any loopholes it comes with.

    For example, before building a house, you should have a clear blueprint to understand how your house will be built. In the same way, designing a wireframe will help you to know the exact flow of your website.

    Our team of web designers uses the below tools to create contemporary web and mobile app designs. Mainly we use Adobe XD to create prototypes and wireframes. However, we have listed other tools as well which will help you to streamline your web design process.

    LogoWireframe toolsCore FeaturesPriceRatings G2 – 2022
    adobe xd iconAdobe XD
    • Auto animate
    • Voice prototype
    • Import from Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch
    • Free 7 days trial
    • $9.99/month
    4.5 Ratings
    (356 Reviews)
    webflow iconWebflow
    • Backups and versioning
    • Password protection
    • Advanced SEO control
    • $12/month
    4.5 Ratings
    (347 Reviews)
    Figma iconFigma
    • Prototyping
    • Version control
    • Multiplayer collaboration
    • Built-in commenting
    • Free plan
    • $12/month
    4.6 Ratings
    (555 Reviews)
    InVision iconInVision
    • Allow drawing
    • Templates
    • Marker colors
    • Mind mapping
    • Free plan
    • $7.95/month
    4.4 Ratings
    (744 Reviews)

    Just designing a website is not enough. Hence, we have listed 3 major points to consider while designing a website.

    • Target audience
    • Website likes and dislikes
    • Defining a navigation flow

    A) Target Audience

    Being clear about your target audience is essential. For example, you are creating a website for an eCommerce business or a news portal, or an information technology website. Every business has a different target audience. Therefore, make sure you know your target audience to offer the best web services.

    B) Website Likes and Dislikes

    After understanding the target audience, it is essential for you to understand your preference and taste in design. When it comes to determining the design of web pages, do you like minimal web design or colorful web design? In web design, visual elements play a crucial role.

    We have created a checklist using which you will be able to clearly understand the type of web pages you want to design.

    • What typography do you prefer?
    • What type of design do you prefer?
    • Which web design do you like?

    Our team of experienced designers is well aware of the different guidelines of search engines and adheres to them.

    C) Defining a Navigation Flow

    The navigation flow is the heart of any website and an essential element of the development life cycle. Any mistake that happened in the navigation flow disorganizes the entire design process. Therefore, to build a well-functioning site, it is essential to define a proper navigation flow.

    As the right navigation flow allows website visitors to seamlessly navigate from one screen to another. Hence, defining an effective navigation flow will help your website users to navigate easily and help you to rank on Google as well.

    Key Takeaway From Web Design Process

    Every client has different requirements and viewpoints about how they want to design their website. We understand that and help you to present a clear web design idea by communicating with you, understanding your idea, researching your business, and creating a wireframe using professional tools.

    Know about the complete web design process applied by our professional web designers. Download the complete guide from the following section.

    Web Design Process

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  5. Web Development Stage

  6. Web Development Stage
    After understanding the web design phase, we will be moving toward the web development phase. In this phase, the entire software development methodology needs to be followed to complete the web development project.

    Before discussing the main web development stage, let us understand the prerequisites for web development.

    Prerequisites for Website Development

    • Register a domain name
    • Sign up for a web hosting plan
    • Choose CMS platform
    • Be clear about the website functionalities you require
    • SSL implementation

    After fulfilling the above requirements for web development, we will be focusing on two phases to perform successful web development. You can also hire full stack developers, who have the knowledge of both front end and back end development.

    • Frontend Web Development
    • Back-end Web Development

    A) Front-End Web Development

    To create a website, HTML, CSS, and Javascript languages are a must. Additionally, Bootstrap is preferred for HTML and CSS. Make sure your code comply web standards and work with different web browsers.

    If you wish to keep up with the market trends, you can also opt for app development while developing a web application.

    You should prefer a mobile-friendly web design. Being a web designer, acquiring the knowledge of search engine optimization is a plus. To help you understand each aspect of frontend development, we created the table below which includes front-end technologies, skills, tools, and examples. Please have a look.

    Front End Technologies
    • HTML/CSS/JavaScript
    • React
    • Material UI
    • Sass for CSS
    Resources Required
    • Front-end web developer
    • UI/UX designer
    Tools to Use
    • Atom
    • Git
    • HTML5 Boilerplate
    • Bootstrap
    Examples
    • Dropbox
    • Airbnb

    B) Back-End Web Development

    Backend web development or server-side web development consists of developing server-side apps, creating databases, formulating the application logic, and server and client-side integration functions.

    Nowadays, many backend developers have started to prefer a content management system to develop an entire website from scratch. Using CMS, even non-technical people can modify and create content without requiring the developer’s assistance and knowledge of programming languages.

    To help you understand the back-end development, we have created the below table which includes the list of back-end technologies, skills, tools, and examples.

    Back-End Technologies
    • PHP
    • Python
    • JavaScript
    • Laravel
    Resources Required
    • Back end developer
    • QA
    • Database manager
    Tools to Use
    • MongoDB
    • Monitis
    • Zend Framework
    • Stack Overflow
    Back-End Development Examples
    • Amazon
    • Instagram
    • Pinterest

    By following the complete web development process, our professional web designers have built 2 web solutions for our clients. Check the following portfolio to know more.

    Sahanbooks

    sahanbook

    Sahanbooks is an eCommerce website similar to Amazon which exclusively offers book pickup and delivery services across Somalia.

    EasyClean: Laundry App

    easyclean

    EasyClean is an on-demand laundry app that allows users to find the nearest laundry service using the app.

    C) GitHub and Jenkins

    At this stage of the website development cycle, our developers use GitHub and Jenkins.

    GitHub provides a graphical interface and allows control and collaboration features for basic task management and wikis for every project.

    On the other hand, Jenkins is used to creating and testing the software, which will make it easier for the developers to make continuous changes in the project. Also, it will be easier for the users to get the fresh software build.

    Key Takeaway from Web Development Stage

    Before starting the web development, it is essential to understand the prerequisites that start the website development process. The website development process includes front-end and back-end development. The entire development process will be streamlined and managed using industry-standard tools. Our team will build web-based solutions and share error-free solutions with you.

  7. Testing Phase

  8. Testing Phase
    In a web and software development project, our team of QA performs testing in 2 conditions, which have been mentioned below.

    Milestone Wise Testing

    Our quality assurance team tests the compatibility, usability, functionality, and performance to ensure error-free web development.

    A team of QA performs an agile testing strategy based on the project modules. We make sure to test every module before finalizing it from our end.

    Project Testing

    Once our QA team will completely test all the modules, the final testing phase will start. In this phase, the entire project will be tested before making the website live.

    Below are the testing types we follow in our website development process. To ensure an efficient testing process, different testing types need to be followed. Please check the testing type and its explanation.

    Testing TypeExplanation
    UI (User Interface)/UX (User Experience) TestingGUI testing to test different aspects of the software that users will use.
    Regression TestingIn regression testing, every change made in the website is tested to see if it doesn’t break the overall website flow.
    Functionality TestingIt is a type of black-box testing that is performed to check whether the website is working according to the given requirements.
    Compatibility TestingIn compatibility testing, QA tests your software capability using the application, OS (Operating System), network environment, and mobile devices.
    Responsive TestingIn responsive testing, the testing team checks the website on different devices to check the overall responsiveness of the website.
    Load TestingIt is a type of performance testing. In load testing, a website will be tested by applying real-world user conditions.
  9. Server Setup and Final Launch

  10. Server Setup and Final Launch
    As the testing phase gets over, the launching phase begins. After receiving final approval from the developer’s end, it’s time to ship the website using a file transfer protocol like FTP. The code of the website gets pushed via the Jenkins test server or live server.

    After that, our development team will check the flow, design, and navigation of the entire website to make sure nothing is out of place.

  11. Project Maintenance

  12. Project Maintenance
    After uploading the entire website to the server, it should be continually monitored to check the website performance, test after uploading new content, monitor analytics, and refine your brand messaging.

    At Space-O, we offer 90 days of free website maintenance service after the final launching of the website. Keeping a well-maintained website attracts businesses and enables them to engage and retain customers for a longer period of time.

    Hence, regular monitoring of your website is crucial to running your online business seamlessly.

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Our team of experienced web developers will help you to build a website and maintain it consistently

Apart from this, we often get questions related to the web development process from our clients. The frequently asked questions have been mentioned below.

FAQ About Web Development Process

How much does it cost to build a website?

We have discussed this with our team of web experts who have more than 10 years of experience in web development. Based on our discussion, the table below helps you understand the website type, approx cost range, and its features.

Website TypeApprox Cost RangeFeatures
Small Business Website$10,000 to $25,000
  • Basic customization
  • Web design
  • Filter and search functionality
  • Integration of CMS
Medium Business Website$30,000 to $40,000
  • CMS
  • Design layout
  • Unique features
  • Integration of Analytics
  • Google Search Console Integration
Enterprise Level WebsiteStarts from $50,000
  • Highly customizable development
  • CMS blog platform
  • Multimedia creation
  • Product purchase

How much time does it take to build a website?

Mostly a web project takes from 6 to 12 weeks to complete. However, the web development process depends upon several factors which are mentioned below.

  • Requirements
  • Website design and structure
  • Implementing features and functionalities
  • Total years of experience being in the web development business

What are the basic requirements for web development?

Before performing the website development project, you need to make sure of the following points.

  • What business type are you looking to develop on a website?
  • Who will be your target audience?
  • What functionalities do you require in the website?
  • What type of design do you expect for your website?

Start Your Web Development Process

In this blog, you have learned the information about the web development process that we follow. It will help you to get a better idea about choosing the right custom web development company for your project.

The web development checklist will help you to build feature rich websites efficiently and help you to understand how we streamline the process and commit our clients to the best service they will ever get.

To understand your web application development requirements, our team of experienced designers, developers, and QA specialists will build contemporary web based solutions for your business.

Have a query or confusion about the web development service? Please feel free to contact our web experts right away.

Bhaval Patel

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Bhaval Patel

Bhaval Patel is a Director (Operations) at Space-O Technologies. He has 20+ years of experience helping startups and enterprises with custom software solutions to drive maximum results. Under his leadership, Space-O has won the 8th GESIA annual award for being the best mobile app development company. So far, he has validated more than 300 app ideas and successfully delivered 100 custom solutions using the technologies, such as Swift, Kotlin, React Native, Flutter, PHP, RoR, IoT, AI, NFC, AR/VR, Blockchain, NFT, and more.