How Websites Should Be Managed

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H.Hales Website Management ­ Unit 11
Understanding how websites should be managed ­ Task 9
M3: Understand how websites should be managed in terms of updating, Development and
organisation
Site Development
Cost issues & timescales
The cost issues would depend on what type of website the customer wants you to design, for
example a thirty page website would cost more money than a five page site, for obvious reasons
being simply that a thirty page website would take more time, and more time costs more money.
Also if the customer wanted a brand new top of the range website with all of the latest flash &
features, that would cost more money than a static website.
Once the costs of the website has been sorted, the company and their client will sort out various
different milestones, these milestones will be deadline dates that will say when each part must be
completed. For example the designs to the website must be completed by the end of the week, and
then the main page must be completed by the week after.
Discussions / Feedback
When building the website for the client, the client is obviously going to want to be regularly
updated on how the site is coming on, there are various different methods of communication (they
include phone, e-mail, meetings weekly etc.) They would probably hold weekly meetings in order to
go through the progress, what next, any encountered problems etc. These meetings will be vital as
the client has probably paid lots of money for their website therefore they are obviously going to
want to be kept up to date, and to make sure that their money is being spent with the correct web
designers.
Maximising web hits / visitors
The clients will want their website to be popular and to have as many web hits as possible; therefore
it would be best to inform them of how you plan to do this. The possible ways of maximising web hits
are to use: Advertising and Links from other sites to your site and vice versa, but to get the most
visitors as possible the website will also have to look good, by this I mean to have a good layout,
nothing to complex and also by using neutral colours, if the colours are not consistent throughout the
website then a lot of visitors will turn away as not many will to view a unprofessional looking
website.
Accessibility issues
The Client will want to make sure that the site is accessible for as many as possible, so therefore you
would discuss the different possible ways in which you could go about this. You could offer a lower
graphics version so that those with a slower internet connection will have access to the website,
different web browser capabilities should also be considered as not everybody in the world has
internet explorer! There should also be ALT tags on all of the images so that the blind or band
sighted can also use that website.
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H.Hales Website Management ­ Unit 11
Understanding how websites should be managed ­ Task 9
Site testing
Once the website has been created, you will then want make sure that the website is as fast and as
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H.Hales Website Management ­ Unit 11
Understanding how websites should be managed ­ Task 9
Site deployment & update
Advantages & disadvantages of site hosting vs. having your own server
You will have to discuss with your client about how they want their site to be hosted, as once you
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