Our Drupal Web Site Development Process

Your successful web design project starts with a well-defined web design process and measurable marketing goals. At Ridpath Creative Partners, we use a detailed approach to the design of a website, breaking the project into a six step process, each step in the process ends with a client sign-off. This ensures that the project stays on track with regard to website structure, content and the budget.

Here’s how our web design process works! 

Defining the Project

Phase 1: Defining the Project

  • Meet with people from your company or organization to determine the objective of your website
  • Define the type of Web site: Is this an online tool for your clients? Do you sell directly over the Internet or is the goal to engage your client for further dialog?
  • Understand your audience and analyze your industry
  • Determine what your expectations of a successful Web site are
  • Present project estimate for client approval
Developing the Structure

Phase 2: Developing the Structure

  • Answer the technical requirement questions based on project definition including determination of site hosting environment
  • Address content: using existing copy, editing existing for web readability or writing new copy. (optional - determine page based keyword search engine optimization strategy)
  • Create a site map based on project definition and overlaying a content requirements outline
  • Determine content specifics such as navigation naming and labeling.
  • Overlay user paths and user scenarios on to site map – make adjustments based on discoveries
  • Determine site hosting environment
Design

Phase 3: Design

  • Gather the text and graphics that you want included in the web site based on the agreed upon structure
  • Develop the graphics and layout for the site: including the home page and any alternative looks for sub pages or forms
  • Present concepts to you for review
  • Refine concepts based on your feedback
  • Confirm site flow and functionality
  • Create refined graphic template / style guide
Programming and Design Integration

Phase 4: Programming & Design Integration

  • Establish programming requirements
  • Set file structure including search engine optimized key word application (if requested)
  • Graphics optimization and HTML (or other required coding language) programming
  • Write or edit copy including page based search engine optimization keywords if requested
  • Populate pages with provided or new copy and graphics.
  • Integrate backend development (if required)
  • Test structure against project definition
  • Test specific pages and functionality
  • Compile structure changes and bug list
  • Implement structure adjustments and fix bugs
  • Final testing and analysis
Website Launch

Phase 5: Website Launch

  • Make any “live state” adjustments
  • Move site to live state
  • Check site security
  • Live test functionality
  • Fix any noted bugs
Ongoing Site Maintanance

Phase 6: Ongoing Site Maintenance

  • After release of the site, we will work with you to establish a regular review and maintenance schedule for your web site to accommodate requests, user feedback, system upgrades and emerging web technologies. 

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