The developmental stage is the point where the web site itself is created. At this time, your web designer will take all of the individual graphic elements from the prototype and use them to create the actual, functional site.
This is typically done by first developing the home page, followed by a “shell” for the interior pages. The shell serves as a template for the content pages of your site, as it contains the main navigational structure for the web site. Once the shell has been created, your designer will take your content and distribute it throughout the site, in the appropriate areas.
Drawing from the information gathered up to this point, it’s time to determine the look and feel of your site.
Target audience is one of the key factors taken into consideration. A site aimed at teenagers, for example, will look much different than one meant for a financial institution. As part of the design phase, it is also important to incorporate elements such as the company logo or colors to help strengthen the identity of your company on the web site.
Using the information gathered from phase one, it is time to put together a plan for your web site. This is the point where a site map is developed.
This first step in designing a successful web site is to gather information. Many things need to be taken into consideration when the look and feel of your site is created.
This first step is actually the most important one, as it involves a solid understanding of the company it is created for. It involves a good understanding of you – what your business goals and dreams are, and how the web can be utilized to help you achieve those goals.
HotelDruid is an excxellent Open Source package for hotel rooms management or weekly and daily rental of apartments developed by Marco Maria Francesco De Santis under a GNU Affero General Public License.
We like it because it allows us to segregate the management of the hotel or apartments from the front end presentation of the premises to potential holidaymakers/tenants when we are developing for our own clients.
As we have mentioned before HotelDruid is not intended to be the front end for any hotel or other holiday accommodation website. Our own preference is to use the Joomla Content Management System(CMS) to fulfil this function. There are many extra extensions available for this to 'spice up' your clients website.
The HotelDruid availability check is the primary means of a potential customer interacting with the software. Marco has achieved this by presenting a template which is highly customisable from the HotelDruid back end which can then be included in other front end sofftware as an iframe.