Now that the look and feel has been established, it's time to start building.
Content Plan & Data Conversion
During the strategy phase the site content will be discussed along with
a determination of the content owners. To ensure that both parties
adhere to the development schedule, it is important to delineate what
content needs to be generated and when it needs to be delivered for
implementation. This is the purpose of the content plan, which defines
milestones, resources and delivery dates for key elements of site
content (e.g., text, imagery, logos, and documents). The client
usually takes a leadership role in the development of the content
plan. Clients will access our online
project management hub, where all correspondence, milestones, and
document uploads can be tracked to manage the development and delivery
of content in a centralized location; thus eliminating the need search through numerous emails for pertinent correspondence.
This step defines how the site’s content will be organized and accessed
by the end user. We address the site’s primary navigation, flow,
database interaction, content management, and overall content. It is
here that the initial relationship between the interface design,
usability, and architecture is explored. A client information
architecture flow chart with top-level navigation will be developed to
address the initial site entry screen, the first level elements and
sub-pages to those elements. Myriad will moderate the sessions during
this phase to ensure there is continuity to the overall objectives
established in the Strategy Phase.
Myriad will start the production of the HTML template. This will begin
with the image ‘slicing’ and optimization (i.e., the breakdown of the
screen compositions into individual images optimized for web display
and file size). The developer will take these images and replicate the
approved screen designs, originally presented in JPEG format, via HTML,
management setup is initiated.
Content Management (CMS) Integration
Upon the completion of the site design templates, Myriad will migrate
them into the CMS where they will serve as the “master templates” for
the site. Myriad will continue by building the site architecture in the
CMS using the new master templates. Myriad will then add and format the
approved content into the site via the CMS. The site will be posted
online for client review.
Quality Assurance Testing
Myriad tests the components of the system throughout the development
process. However, upon completion of all development phases, the front
end, back end, and server environment of the site will be subjected to
‘destructive’ testing. It is here that the Myriad team steps through
all functional operations to verify hyperlinks and evaluate how the
site serves, uploads, displays, and interacts. Myriad also address the
diversity of the browser environment with extensive testing on multiple
versions and platforms.
Once the system is thoroughly tested, Myriad will deliver it to the
client for hosting or a hosting site will be provided as per the