Website Development

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Website Development

Justin F. Bishop
Dr. Steinhoff
Senior Project
Spring 2010

Table of Contents
Title Page……………………………………………………………………………….. 1 Table of Contents……………………………………………………………………. 2 Abstract………………………………………………………………………………….. 3 What is a Website? ..................................................................... 4 HTML………………………………………………………………………………………… 4 – 5 Phases of Development……………..……………………………………………… 5 Information Gathering………………………………………………………………. 5 Planning…………………………………………………………………………………….. 5 Design……………………………………………………………………………………….. 6 Development……………………………………………………………………………. 7 Testing and Delivery……………………………………………………………..….. 7 Maintenance…………………………………………………………………………….. 8

Abstract

A website is a portal in which most people receive vital information and make most of their electronic transactions take place in today’s world. A Site’s development should provide a glance at what a particular business is trying to sell or what vital information they are trying to provide for the guest of the site (Kowtha, Choon, 2001). This paper will show the average individual how to construct a basic website whether it is for personal, business, or educational use. For most a basic knowledge of computers and how they work is all that is needed to project such as web development and if the person that is trying to construct the site is lacking knowledge needed it is advised that some is gained before taking on the project. After reading this paper you should be able to construct basic website’s as you please for whatever reason you may have to develop a site.

What is a website?
A website is a collection of web pages maintained by a single person or an organization; in most cases a website has a distinct fully qualified domain name, such as www.Justin.com. Everything contained within the website www.Justin.com, such as a photo album is also considered to be a part of www.Justin.com (Boutell.com, 2007). Therefore, a website can be as short as a single page or have as many pages it needs to get the point across to the guest that is visiting the site. Websites are placed on a computer that has a server, which is software that takes request for files, retrieves files, and routes the files onto a network. A website’s files are either stored in folders or in directories. Typical Browsers such as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer or Mozilla’s Firefox are able to work with different software to display non-HTML files. It is important to be able to include non-HTML files in a site because it allows existing files similar to word documents with heavy formatting, to be used without modification or with little effort. Directory organization should be planned very carefully to allow for easier file management and continued growth of the site (Ristroph, 1998). HTML

Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) is the standard markup language for websites. The language creates ways to produce structured documents by denoting structural meaning for text such as headings, lists, and quote’s as well as other items that can be found on a site’s web page. HTML is always scrutinized and constantly under evaluation to meet the demands and requirements of the growing internet audience which is headed by the World Wide Web Consortium, the organization charged with designing and maintaining the language. Phases of Development

In web development there are various different steps in creating a site. Most developers use six essential steps for development. However, developers vary their steps at their own discretion to how they want the site to be developed. The six steps include information gathering, planning, design, development, testing and delivery, and maintenance. A closer look will be taken at these particular steps to see what is exactly involved in the development of a site. Information Gathering

Information gathering is the most important step in web development, as it involves a strong understanding of what is being developed. Many...
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