- Phase 1: Defining the Project
- Phase 2: Developing Site Structure
- Phase 3: Visual Design and Testing
- Phase 4: Production and QA
- Phase 5: Launch and Beyond
- Prepare for Scope Creep
- Track Your Hours
- Get Signed Approvals
- Combat Content Delay
- Incorporate Smart Design
- Incorporate Usability Testing
- Conduct a Competitive Analysis
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Phase 4: Production and QA
Phase 4 is where you put together all the pieces and make them work. Production merges content, design, and HTML and/or Flash production into the completed site. Phase 4 sees the backend technical implementation (if applicable). This is also the time when you should conduct quality assurance (QA) testing on your site. Test the site against your requirements. Test for HTML fluidity. Run QA. Identify the bugs, prioritize the fixes, and then fix them. Get user feedback and iron out the kinks. Launch is imminent.
Phase 4 is divided into three stages: PLANNING, BUILDING, and TESTING, each containing several steps. Phase 4 helps keep you on track as you complete the actual HTML building of the pages of your site.