Four Steps To Web Development

    July 24, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

IBM has been presenting tutorials on creating a closed-community website using open source tools, and covered the concept of approaching the site’s design.

IBM’s tutorial discussed their choice of Drupal as the platform upon which their tutorial project will be based. With Drupal in place, the next part of the nicely-crafted tutorial shifted to design.

An overview of the process for crafting the design solution for fictitious International Business Council showed four basic phases:


The process helps keep the development team focused on what the user wants and needs to accomplish with the site. It isn’t a fixed process; as any developer knows, there is considerable back and forth based on what the client wants.

During analysis, IBM noted how the development team needed to have business goals and objectives articulated clearly for them. As this is an internal website, feedback should be gathered from users who will have to be hands-on with the system regularly.

The design phase gave the development team the opportunity to nail down the functional requirements for the site. This leads back in to user feedback, since developers will have to identify the type of user and how one will likely proceed through the site.

IBM’s process also included content, navigation, interaction, and the “visual language” needed in the site’s construction. These foundational pieces allow the developers to build a prototype design.

Once the prototype has been refined to suit the technical requirements of the project, and the interface has been created and updated, functional development can begin. The fun starts here, as IBM listed coding and testing being part of the fun in actually building the site.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.