- 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 5: Launch and Beyond
Getting to this phase means you are ready to go live with your redesign. Congratulations! Launching your site is a major milestone, but you're not done yet. This phase covers what you need to think about before, during, and after your site goes live. It is about gathering loose ends and wrapping the project up before the site moves into the next phase of production: ongoing maintenance.
Phase 5 is where the distinction sharpens between in-house teams and external web development firms. In Phase 5, we are careful to note where the responsibilities of the different teams usually start and stop.
Phase 5 is divided into three stages: DELIVERY, LAUNCH, and MAINTENANCE, each containing several steps. Phase 5 helps get your project properly published and smoothly transitioned into maintenance.
The following sections cover some overall tips things to keep in mind as you follow the Core Process.