We really enjoyed writing our going for web design gold article, so we thought that with the Olympics now in full swing we’d also teach you how to go for web development gold. Web development is too often an after-thought when creating any online project, however, it can actually be a make or break aspect. Without the correct development, your website could be exhausted before it’s even got off the starting block.
1. Picking the right platform.
Before you can even begin to plan the web development of your website you have to plan which platform you are going to build it on. There are many different CMSs (content management systems) out there and each one has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. Some examples are WordPress, Drupal, Sitecore and Umbraco but there are countless others too. We’d suggest that you research them all thoroughly first to decide which one best aligns with what you want to achieve with your website. For instance, if you want a very complex website with various automated functionalities and vast customization options then Sitecore is for you, however, if you just wanted a simple brochure website then you’d be better off going with a platform like WordPress.
2. Security and safety.
With the web expanding more and more every day it’s important that you put all of your information under lock and key. Unfortunately, the internet is full of malicious hackers and malware that could potentially damage your website or even steal your more sensitive information like passwords, credit card details and personal information. A good developer knows the importance of making your website secure and safe whether this is achieved through plugins or custom code. So, if you are really serious about going for web development gold then you need to make security one of your priorities.
3. Functionality with a purpose.
If you know us then you know that “designing with a purpose” is one of our favourite sayings as well as a huge part of our ethos. Web development isn’t excused from this. Everything you develop for your website needs to fulfil a purpose. After all, what’s the point in having a certain function that serves no purpose? The reason why we are putting so much emphasis on purpose is because creating a website with purpose is the only way that you will be able to reach your online business goals.
For your website to be successful you need to make sure that it is accessible. If it’s not accessible then nobody is going to be able to view the website that you worked so hard on developing. There are many different elements that make up website accessibility but some of the most important ones are: making sure that your website is accessible across all browsers and devices, giving both users and search engines direct access to a sitemap and finally ensuring that each individual page loads at a decent rate. There are many tools that developers use to assess each of these components, however, to truly reach gold status these problems need to be assessed and solved before going live.