Unit 13 – Website Development

Summary:
Unit 13 – Website Development is another one of the many assignment-based units. As with all the units, unit 13 has multiple learning aims, each which cover multiple different topics. Unit 13 covers:

  1. Understand the uses and features of websites;
  2. Design a website;
  3. Develop and test a website;
  4. Review the finished website;

Learning Aim 1:
The first learning aim of Unit 13 covers the purposes and typical uses of websites as well as the features and types of websites.

For the first part, you look at why website are used, and the general purpose of a website – to present information to an audience by using a collection of related web pages. There are several uses for websites, however some of the most typical are presenting information, such as advertising or news, storing information, such as cloud computing, browsing and searching, such as real-time information, improving productivity, for example email and collaborative working.

Next, you look at the features of websites, such as hyperlinks, action button, hot-spots, templates, email links, registration and logins and forms (input and feedback) as well as aesthetics, such as colours and layouts, using stylesheets.

The next part covers the types of website, such as static and dynamic. Static website are usually a collection of web pages, primarily coded using HTML. These websites present static information to their audience, a good example of this would be a brochure. Whereas, a dynamic website is a collection of webpages that often changes frequently, usually automatically.

The final part covers how different features of a website can improve the user experience for both and individual and an organisation, such as forms that allow for leaving feedback or making websites integrative by embedding digital assets or applying style sheets to keep the same look and feel for a website.

Learning Aim 2:
The second learning aim of Unit 13 covers the designing of a website.

You design files should include the intended purpose and user requirements, defined in the brief, as well as documented design ideas. These should be items such as a digital assets table, with sources for ready-made assets as well as storyboards containing a selection of panels showing the intended content and structure of the website including the home page and folder structure.

Additionally, you should include a site map to illustrate how web pages are interlinked, styles, templates and formats such as colours, font types and sizes, text and image alignment or page layouts. Your plan should also mention any constraints such as hardware and software availability, any other accessibility or browser compatibility programs. As well as any file and file format complications of client-side functionality as well as the performance such as bandwidth.

Near the end of your documentation, you should include a test plan, so you can test for functionality as well as a brief outline of any alternative design ideas.

Learning Aim 3:
The third learning aim of Unit 13 covers the developing and testing of a website.

For the first part, you need to prepare and gather any suitable assets, such as graphics, audio, video and any other content like texts to be able to create a website. You should also use appropriate software tools and techniques to create and edit web pages, such as text, tables, forms (text fields, text area, buttons, check boxes), frames, navigation (menus, hyperlinks and anchors).

As well as, colour schemes, styles and templates, such as cascading style sheets, page layout, size and positioning of text, links, assets and forms you should also include embedded multimedia asset content such as digital graphics, video, audio and animations.

You should also consider accessibility features such as alternative tags, zoom features and text-to-speech, as well as the compatibility of different browsers. You should also export and compress any digital assets into suitable file types, considering resolution and size for web pages as well as suitable file names for webpages.

For the final part, you need to test the website for functionality, quality and usability as well as gathering feedback from other people on the content, presentation, navigation, accessibility.

You should then improve and/or refine the website to enhance the performance, this could be by exporting and compressing any digital assets or by adding dynamic functionality.

Learning Aim 4:
The fourth and final learning aim of Unit 13 covers the reviewing of a website.

You must review the finished website, making sure it is fir for the purpose and user requirements, while maintaining functionality and information. You should also make sure the user experience is usable and not lacking performance or quality. Finally, you should consider any constraints and strengths or potential improvements.