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User experience (UX) focuses on having a deep understanding of users, what they need, what they value, their abilities, and also their limitations. It also takes into account the business goals and objectives of the group managing the project. UX best practices promote improving the quality of the user’s interacti… Read More
User experience (UX) focuses on having a deep understanding of users, what they need, what they value, their abilities, and also their limitations. It also takes into account the business goals and objectives of the group managing the project. UX best practices promote improving the quality of the user’s interaction with and perceptions of your product and any related services. Read Less
If you are a client or business owner, this post is for you. Over the years I’ve seen the pain caused by confusion in a project, so I wanted to share a few words and outline the basic steps in hopes that it will help set your expectations on any future projects you might have and make the whole process easier to … Read More
If you are a client or business owner, this post is for you. Over the years I’ve seen the pain caused by confusion in a project, so I wanted to share a few words and outline the basic steps in hopes that it will help set your expectations on any future projects you might have and make the whole process easier to understand.
STEP 1: PLANNING
Planning the project is the most important step, and it is even more critical than the actual development. A good plan produces a yellow brick road for designers, developers, managers, content editors, clients, etc. to follow. A plan gets massaged and altered along the way, but it is advantageous to keep the core plan intact.

STEP 2: DESIGN
After the planning step is complete, all the information is obtained from the client and resources are gathered, it’s time to focus on the visual aesthetics for the project. The design team will breakdown the planning and requirements for the project and start the process that will lead to the creation of a beautiful design that is unique to your company’s brand. Designers use a few tried and true methods to produce eye popping designs and happy clients.

STEP 3: DEVELOPMENT
Now that approval has been given on the visual aesthetics for the project, it’s time to slice up the mockup, break out the design elements, and jump into code. Many core tasks are involved here such as building the site structure, constructing the templates, importing data, publishing content, and creating news stories and events, etc. Of course, rigorous testing is performed for functionality and performance throughout this stage. Below I have broken out several key concepts.

STEP 4: LAUNCH
We have the project developed, now we are ready to show the world! While we’ve come a long way, we aren’t out of the woods yet. We need to do some final touch-up, get everything over on the production server, some more testing, and then we can flip the switch.

STEP 5: POST LAUNCH
At this stage we will provide documentation, discuss additional needs and next steps explained in detail below. Even though your site has launched and your project has reached completion to ensure your site or application continues to yield positive results it will require ongoing care and maintenance. Your team may want to consider an Online Care Plan.
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