The first phase of development for any website is the design. This starts by figuring out who your target audience is, and by extension, what type of design you'd like to go with. If you're building a website for the first time, the number of design options available to you might seem overwhelming. If, on the other hand, you're doing a redesign of an existing site, you may already have a pretty good idea of what you're looking for & might just need some assistance fine-tuning your vision. Either way, Netrix can help.
Before getting started though, it's important to remember that a web design is more than simple aesthetics. Beyond providing a good first impression (which is critical in it's own right for keeping people on your site), the design you choose also determines how easily visitors are able to navigate your site & how well you'll be able to guide them to whatever pages are most critical to your business. Furthermore, with the rise of mobile devices, it is increasingly important that your site design is able to adapt itself to the different screen sizes and internet speeds that are now available in order to provide the best possible experience to everyone who visits your site.
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The second phase of site development is what's typically referred to as "Front-End" development. This is where a developer takes an existing website design (which is only an image or series of images) and goes about the business of turning them into an actual website so that you can actually click on buttons and navigate to different pages. In concept, it's similar to a builder taking an architect's drawings for a home and building the physical framework, walls, floors, ceilings, doors & windows of the house accordingly.
Once you have a website design ready, Netrix can assist you with the process of developing it into a working website template and integrating all of your text/media content. The amount of time this phase takes is highly dependent upon what types of functionalities you want the site to have (such as eCommerce for example) and what needs you having for managing the content on the site. During this phase, developers work to ensure that the design you've chosen works nicely across all modern browsers as well as iOS & Android devices & take the extra step of implementing search engine optimization basics to help you out later in Google and other search engines. After all, what good is a website if no one can find it?
If you're looking to build a site that will display hundreds of products or provide users with the ability to manage data online though, you'll want to go one step further and look into having a programmer do some back-end development for you.
Continuing the earlier analogy, "Back-End" development is similar to having an electrician, plumber, etc. come into a house and implement systems that help it to integrate with the rest of the community (tapping into electric lines, water lines, etc.) so that the house can become more functional than a simple structure. Typical applications of "Back-End" development include database integration, eCommerce systems & content management systems to help you easily modify the website without knowing any code.
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