Tag Archive: Web Maintenance


We presented our final website last week and it was exciting to see each others’ work. There is always so much to learn and since our Capstone class has a varied bunch, there were a few tips to pick up from each of the website process. There were a variety of websites created, one designed a website for her own PR/marketing firm. Another website featured a contemporary tea house called Tea Fuse. Another colleague based her website on creating a web identity for her artist mom.

Mine was designed for the corporate organization, Raltec Corp offering software & technology solutions. I also incorporated the use of Google Analytics in the website. please visit the following link:

http://www.ralteccorp.com

Cheers to Capstone! We now await for results from the Capstone evaluation team who will be grading us on this ten week project.

We also discussed the below topics in our last visit:

I may have missed other pointers. Feel free to leave your suggestions.

Thank you to all of you that made my Capstone project, a great and enriching experience….truly appreciate it.

It’s end of Week 3 and some more homework submitted. Yesterday in class, we discussed previous homework’s and the importance of quantitative data the will you, as a web designer/developer would use to measure your progress toward the “Smart” goal. As Adam pointed, it may not matter that much if  it’s your own website, but it does with a client. Where I am concerned, I always presumed this would be a definite time-line. You I did put some thought in it and yes quantitative goals such as”40 people to fill request form” or say, “A certain now of hits or views on a specific page in the website” could classify as quantitative data and you would need to define or help the client focus on these quantitative goals rather than just time-line.

This week was drawing some navigational site diagrams and charting out the functional requirements of the website work flow. A navigational site-map outlines the flow that a user might take in navigating through your website. I had fun playing with the newest trial version of Microsoft Visio. I have used it before but the current version always makes it easier and I figured there’s no better time to try it than now 🙂 I looked up http://webstyleguide.com/wsg3/3-information-architecture/4-presenting-information.html for more information – a helpful article.

The other document was the Functional Requirements/Feature Plan document. The idea of developing this one is that another web professional who could understand the needs well enough to build the functionality with almost no additional information. I did get down to some detail on this one and yes, took a lot of my time. On the positive side, it resolved a few issues. It gave me an idea how the site map and requirements go hand in hand. Also I now knew how many pages I really had in the website and how the web pages linked to one another. I also chalked out some wireframe diagrams  on what I really needed constant on the template,  in terms of content on each page.

Here are a few other links I have been reading:

http://blog.craigslist.org/ ( Craigslist CEO blog….interesting!)

http://online-social-networking.com/ (An interesting approach on social media)

I am referring to the Web development process, very often referred to as the six-stage process:

We learned this as a part of John Horn’s “Starting and Running a Successful Website” course and it makes it easier to break down this HUGE task of creating a website so easy.

  • Assessment (preliminary questionnaire, competitor analysis)
  • Analysis and Planning (site goals, target audience, roles and scope)
  • Design (Main template, content, site map)
  • Production (drafts with page look and feel and functional aspects)
  • Testing and Publish (functional, usability testing, etc)
  • Maintenance (SEO, visitor tracking, analytics, etc.)

I am in the process of reading Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works (http://www.web-redesign.com/) and it too does a great job to explain this.

The other links I found on these are:

http://www.quantumcloud.com/web-design-process.php
http://www.jjg.net/elements/pdf/elements.pdf
http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/design-process/web-design-process/