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Best WordPress Plugins for Business Websites


Home 7 of the Best WordPress Plugins for Business Websites The first step to building your digital presence is creating a website. Your website is your company’s home online, and will serve as the basis for many of your digital […]

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How to Consolidate Two Websites: Your Website Consolidation Strategy


Home How to Consolidate Two Websites: Your Website Consolidation Strategy Your business launched ten years ago. Over the past decade, your website has built up a high domain authority with tons of valuable links, and you’re proud of the copious […]

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How to Choose a Domain: Choose a Domain Name That You (& Users) Love


Home How to Choose a Domain: Choose a Domain Name that You (& Users) Love If you’re wondering how to choose a domain, you’re not alone. After all — choosing a domain name that fits your company and your brand […]

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The Complete Ecommerce Startup Guide: Long-Term Ecommerce Website Maintenance


Home The Complete Ecommerce Startup Guide: Long-Term Ecommerce Website Maintenance Unfortunately, it’s not realistic to build a website and never touch it again. Your website is going to need some maintenance moving forward, ranging from minor updates to major redesigns. […]

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Website Migration Guide

Home The Complete Website Migration Guide for 2024 Website migrations are common, but they’re not easy. Migrating your site, whether to a new server, domain, or host, requires significant planning, time, and resources. Mess up a website migration, and […]

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Why Outdated Web Browsers Are Dangerous to Your Company


Home Why Outdated Web Browsers Are Dangerous to Your Company At WebFX, we get a lot of questions about why our developers don’t code every page element for every browser. View Our Digital Services

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Does Your Site Need HTTPS?


Home Does Your Site Need HTTPS? Security is a major concern for many of today’s consumers. In light of the major credit card hacks that have happened over the past few years, it’s now more important than ever to show […]

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Questions to Ask Web Developer


Home 11 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Web Developer If you are trying to find a web developer or website development company to work with for your next project, you may not be certain about the questions you […]

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Does Your Site Need an SSL Certificate?


Home Does Your Site Need an SSL Certificate? There are many details to consider when building and managing a website for your company. And although some of them may seem minor – especially if you’re in a hurry to launch […]

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ADA Compliance Services

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How web development works: 3 essential elements

To understand how web development works, there are three main aspects that you need to be familiar with:

  1. Architectural design: This is the base and most significant part of your website. It’s the frame of your website, and everything else done afterward will be done as an add-on to this frame. Architectural design is usually done by a back-end developer.
  2. Aesthetic design: This is the visual side of your website. Aesthetic design makes the user experience enjoyable and enables users to easily read and navigate your website to find what they are looking for. It is typically done by a front-end developer.
  3. Information design and interface design: This involves taking information and preparing it in the best possible way for your users to digest and understand.

3 types of web development

There are three main types of web development.

  1. Back-end web development: This type of web development is one of the most important roles as this is the brain and engine of your website. This is usually written in Java, PHP, Ruby, C#, MySQL, or MongoDB. This development is responsible for making sure that data can flow between the server, the website, and the front end of a website.
  2. Front-end web development: This type of web development is often referred to as web design. This is the front end of your website and is usually written in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, React, or AngularJS. This development process is responsible for the look, feel, and interactive components of a website. This is the development process that takes place in order for the end user to have a good experience on the website.
  3. Full-stack web development: A full-stack developer is a developer who can program and work on both the back-end and front-end of a website. They understand the role of both the front-end and back-end and can handle both types of development work.

What is the web development process?

Building a website and the steps taken depends on the company you work with, but the basics will remain essentially the same.

  1. Planning: In this process, you will establish what the goal of your website is, who your audience will be, what type of website you wish to have, how much content you will publish on a weekly/monthly/annual basis, how your website will showcase your product or service, and what your budget for this development project is.
  2. Create a wireframe: In this step, you will establish which individual pages you want, how to organize those pages into categories, how the pages will link together, and what the user experience will be like. You’ll also need to keep in mind that you want to make it as easy as possible for users to find what they are looking for and get in contact with you!
  3. Write your website code and develop the back-end of your website: This process will be done by a back-end developer who will build the mainframe or brain, if you will, of your website using one of many coding languages. Usually, you will have at least three coding languages used on your site, which all work together to create the desired functionality. This includes how your website will function, your pages, your content, your database, the general infrastructure, and the general user experience.
  4. Build the front-end of your website: This will usually be done by a front-end developer, who will now take the infrastructure of your website and turn it into something visually appealing that visitors will enjoy browsing through. This includes images, fonts, colors, and general styling.
  5. Use a content management system (CMS): This step is optional, but it’s often helpful. You can skip much of steps three and four by using a CMS such as WordPress or Wix. These systems cover both front and back-end development in a simple and easy-to-understand way.
  6. Purchase a domain name: This is your web address and how users will find the website you just created. You will need to acquire a domain name by using sites such as GoDaddy or Hover, which allow you to purchase a domain name and set up an address for visitors to use to access your website.
  7. Launch your website: This process is when your website will go live for everyone on the Internet to view. Once you have done some technical checks, you are ready to unveil your website to the world.

Working with a web development agency

Many businesses choose to work with a web development company to ensure they’re putting their best foot forward with their website.

What does a web development agency do? These companies can build websites for businesses from the ground up, improve existing websites, and maintain websites over time. They can also develop mobile applications, build digital tools, and more.

Some businesses hire agencies that focus purely on web development. You can also work with a full-service digital marketing agency that offers web development along with various other digital marketing services.

These full-service companies can ensure your web development projects and other digital marketing campaigns are aligned and work well together to maximize the results of both.

Learn more about working with a web development agency and how to find one to work with using the resources below.

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