Web Site Design and Development
“Web development refers to building, creating, and maintaining websites. It includes aspects such as web design, web publishing, web programming, and database management.” (TechTerms)
Design is the process of creating websites. It encompasses several different aspects such as webpage layout, content production, and graphic design. Keeping on top of your site is imperative. Your website is the first place potential customers go to check out your business. A user only takes 4-6 seconds to decide if they will continue to browse your site or not. The design of your site is your door to your viewers’ interest. The design of a site should be much like a newspaper, the graphics and text should guide the viewers eyes around the page, with more important stuff being first.
Maintenance is an activity designed to keep a website running smoothly. The main reason for it, is to update the entire website. It’s important to maintain your site to make sure that the system used to run your site is current. With technology changing every day, one small change could prevent a viewer from seeing what they need to see. Having the latest programs will prevent that and help keep your site secure. Maintaining a site is much like throwing out old clothes, except your throwing out old codes. A site is like a child, it needs to be taken care of.
Updating your site is keeping on top of your content. Making sure that every bit of information you’re sharing with your viewers is the most recent. Updating also
includes the style of your site. Much like the fashion world, the world of websites is constantly changing, so it’s important that you update the look of your site to be in the best interest of your viewers. Updating content and the style of your site creates the right impression of your business. When trying to branch out to new customers, the first thing that potentials will do is check out your site and make sure everything is new. Any old information could push them away. Updating your site also demonstrates that your business is well organized, and can communicate well.