Steps to Consider
In the first parts of this series we introduced some technological aspects of website design. Now we try to show some project management steps we should consider. The WSDM (Website Design Method) defined the mission of the site. The mission is the basis for deciding the class of websites we deal with in an actual project. Consider the following as a list of class topics, possibly incomplete:
Small static web presentation
This old school version is good for very small sites, graphically difficult sites with low level information content, mostly handmade graphics, and semi-automatic code generation using Dreamweaver or something similar.
This type is good for CMS because of its efficient features to maintain text and graphics, with some restrictions in design.
They are good for large databases, mostly used for information systems like product catalogs or other searchable databases, low level graphics, high level information support.
Here, art and graphics design are of highest priority and any information provided is an integral part of the art work that has to be displayed. Such sites are not generated automatically, but normally many tools are used for handmade wonders of creativity.
This kind of website is the most functional type. Processes are implemented and data are processed, stored, and presented on a high level. Graphics are important but not a first priority. Presentations are normally done in a separate page that is displayed before entering the web-based application itself.
The creation of a web community is technically not adventurous, but from the social point of view we need to pay close attention to details – miss one and forget the community.