What Makes A Good Website? The difference between a good website – one that really connects – and a bad one is how much thought went into it before a single line of code was written, or a single pixel was nudged across the screen. At its core a website should be based on simple, age-old, conventional business questions; what do you want to say, who do you want to say it to, how do you want to present yourself and what do you want to achieve? We believe these questions are the crucial first step to successful web design. And we’re not afraid of using old fashioned business practices to address them. Such as face-to-face meetings, great customer care and refreshing honesty.
We start by finding out as much as we can about your business and your aims. We’ll look at your industry, your competitors and analyse your target audience. We’ll cast the net far and wide and look at how other businesses are doing things in similar industries around the world.
Once we have enough information to start we will form a plan for the website design and development process. We’ll present this during the BLOX Kick-Off Meeting and we’ll ensure that all stakeholders are clear about the strategy.
3. THE SPRINTS
Within the overall framework of the strategy we will break up the project into a series of sprints. These sprints will be focussed on achieving specific goals and we will report on the completion of each sprint. This method allows for a very agile approach to the project development as we can factor in changes and adjustments as we discover something new during sprint.
4. DEPTH TESTING
The testing phase of any project is very important and we always invite our clients to get involved. Often at this stage new ideas pop up or changes are requested. We’re not at all resistant to this, in fact we love it when the realisation of a website sparks new ideas and options from our clients.
The pointy end of a web design and development project but it’s not really the end – just the end of the beginning.
6. SUPPORT & MAINTENANCE
Modern websites need support – fact. Before Content Management Systems and online stores and database driven websites and mobile devices you could build a site and leave it for 3 years before touching it again. Not any more. Software needs to be kept up to date, new devices need to be catered for, hackers need to be combated and design needs to be kept fresh.