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 60% of small and medium businesses have invested online but few could generate business value from website design or functions.

Most of these problems can be avoided by defining proper web development life cycle and project management.

At Space-O we have our web development team who 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 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 out the website development checklist below, which will help you to streamline building a website for your business. It will help you to understand the entire flow of the web development process. Let us help you to understand each process step by step.

  1. Requirement Analysis

    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 towards 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. Please feel free to download the PDF to get detailed information about the web technologies we use.

    B) Finalizing the Timeline

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

    What features will be implemented in the project?
    Understanding each feature is a crucial part of the web app development process. 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.

    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.

    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 according to their experience and understanding of the project.

    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 iconSlackIt is a tool for instant messaging, file transfer, and message search.

    E) Initiate Your Meeting

    Everyone from the sales team to the technical team does a common meeting with the client about initiating the project. The 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 stages from defining technologies to signing NDA to ensure a clear 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.

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  2. Wireframe and Website Design

    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 toolsFeaturesPriceRatings (G2)
    adobe xd iconAdobe XD
    • Auto animate
    • Voice prototype
    • Import from Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch
    • Free 7 days trial
    • $9.99/month
    4.5 Ratings
    (262 Reviews)
    webflow iconWebflow
    • Backups and versioning
    • Password protection
    • Advanced SEO controls
    • $12/month
    4 Ratings
    (207 Reviews)
    figma iconFigma
    • Prototyping
    • Version control
    • Multiplayer collaboration
    • Built-in commenting
    • Free plan
    • $12/month
    4.5 Ratings
    (232 Reviews)
    invision iconInVision
    • Allows drawing
    • Templates
    • Marker colors
    • Mind mapping
    • Free plan
    • $7.95/month
    4.5 Ratings
    (697 Reviews)

    Just designing a website is not enough. Hence, we have listed down 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, are you creating a website for an e-commerce business, 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 in design, taste in design. Do you like minimal web design or colorful web design? We have created a checklist using which you will be able to clearly understand what type of website you want to build.

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

    Our team of experienced designers are well aware of search engines guidelines and adhere to them.

    C) Defining a Navigation Flow

    The navigation flow is the heart of any website. Any mistake that happened in the navigation flow disorganizes the entire design process.

    The right navigation flow allows website visitors to seamlessly navigate from one screen to another. Hence, defining effective navigation flow will help your website users to navigate easily and help you to rank in 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 the clear web design idea by communicating with you, understanding your idea, researching about your business and creating a wireframe using professional tools.

  3. Web Development Stage

    web development stage

    After understanding the web design phase, we will be moving towards the web development phase. 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.

    • Front-end Web Development
    • Back-end Web Development

    A) Front-End Web Development

    To develop any website HTML, CSS, and Javascript languages are a must. Additionally, Bootstrap is preferred for HTML and CSS. 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 website design. To help you understand each aspect of front-end web 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, server and client-side integration function.

    Nowadays, many web 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.

    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
    Examples
    • Amazon
    • Instagram
    • Pinterest

    C) GitHub and Jenkins

    During the development process, 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 to start the website development process. The web 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.

  4. Testing Phase

    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

    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 tests 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 web development process. Please check the testing type and its explanation.

    Testing TypeExplanation
    UI/UX 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 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.
  5. Server Setup and Final Launch

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

  6. Project Maintenance

    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 run your 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 below table to help 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
  • Experience of web development agency

What are the basic requirements for web development?

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

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

Conclusion

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

This process will 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. Also, please feel free to have a glance at the top web development projects we have built.

  • One8 – Enterprise Fleet Management Software

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

Author Bio
Jigar Mistry
Jigar Mistry
Designation: Vice President (Technologies)

Jigar Mistry is Vice President (Technologies) at Space-O Technologies. He has 14+ years of experience in the web and mobile app development industry. He has expertise in different mobile app categories like health and fitness, eCommerce, and on-demand.