“Testing and Delivery”
Key Stages of a Web Project :5
Before The Development Stage can be fully
signed off and the website is allowed to go live,
there comes a “Testing and Delivery” stage.
Various checks are carried out to ensure that
everything is working as it should.
This is always pretty easy to spot and remedy, do forms all work correctly and go to the correct email address? Does a ‘Thank you” page appear when a visitor has clicked something? Anything like this is pure web development mechanics and is always a clear cut case of implementing a fix and testing until satisfied. Issues like these are put right quickly, they are the equivalent to ‘snagging’ when buying a new house.
Compliance and Standards
Twentyfourten check their sites through the W3Cs Validation services for Markup and CSS compliance. What we are looking for here is a useful method of letting an automated service flag any of issues with code which we can then decide if and how best to address.
The bane of a Web Developers life! Unfortunately, not all browsers render (display) HTML and CSS in the same way. This means to achieve the ‘look and feel’ that was established back in “The Design Stage” of the web project process, we spend an awful lot of time coding to get a common interpretation of how a website should appear across different browsers, often writing browser specific code to force the issue.
Twentyfourten check how websites render across most modern browsers, over both PC and Mac platforms and check backwards compliance back to IE7.
Let’s go live!
Once the development version of the website has been OK’d by the client, we can now upload the website files to a clients server/hosting space and the completed website will be serving out under the chosen URL.
As well as a copy of the files on the server, clients may have a copy on CD along with all the working files used to construct their site.
The Next Key Stage
Sometimes completed website projects are maintained by a clients in-house ‘web or IT team’, but mostly our clients continue the relationship with Twentyfourten and we maintain and develop their websites further. Let’s look in detail at that next Key Stage …
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