A good number of documents are created during the web design process. There is certainly a lot for the competent web designer to document throughout the discovery, planning, design, integration and delivery stages of a complex web project. Not all of these documents are of interest to the client, and over the years I've learned only to present the minimum number of documents needed to ensure a successful project. The following are the standard deliverables I ask my clients to sign off on.
I use the creative brief as an overall project definition document. It includes all the requirements and specifications of the project, including scope, audience, objective, call to action, and technical specification for the website we will be creating.
The content outline defines every piece of content that will appear on the website. If it isn't on the content outline, it isn't going to appear on the website. The content outline is part of the information architecure, and as such should be organized in a hierarchy that represents the structure of the website rather than a hierarchy based on arbitrary categorization of content.
The site map represents the structure and navigation of the website and should closely coincide with the content outline. There should be a common numbering system in place. Pages are represented by boxes and links by arrows.
Wireframes are schematic versions of the pages on a website and should similate the final navigation, although the page layout at this point in the process is rough. Wireframes can be made into clickable web pages, allowing the client to preview the navigation of the site in action. Each wireframe should include all pieces of content that the final web page will display.
Mockups/Comps The graphic design mockup is a composite image of how the final web page will look. Color, layout, typography, and images are all worked out at this stage for each significantly different page type on the website. I should make clear that even though the composite (mockup or comp for short) looks like a web page, it is still only a single image. It is not a web page, and include no code at this point in the process.
During the integration/programming step of the web design process, the graphic design comps are converted into code (HTML, DHTML, CSS, scripting, database tables, etc). The site is built and tested on a domain or subdomain of a development server that has the same technical specs as the live server will have. When the site is fully functional on the development server, it is migrated to the live server. This is the final deliverable of the web design project.
Everyone who has an email account or surfs the web is aware of the wasted time and loss of productivity caused by SPAM. Spam email is unsolicited bulk email (UBE). The senders of these spam emails usually rack up a small fee for each person who clicks on the link in the email, or makes a purchase on the advertised website. If you so much as click on a link in a spam email, or worse yet, purchase something through a spam email, you are ensuring the survival of this kind of advertising. If you want to stop rather than encourage it, you must never click on a link in a spam email, even if it is a product or service you are interested in. Because spamming is generally seen as an unethical practice in the business community, there is a good chance that any businesses you get involved in through spam will be unethical in other ways, and it is best to stay away. If the business being promoted is a major company, let them know directly that you do not appreciate the spam you receive on their behalf from the 3rd party advertiser.
SPAM websites are similar to Spam emails in that they are usually put up by a 3rd party to advertise another business' products or services. These websites contain no useful content themselves, only "affiliate links" for which the website owner is paid per click or per purchase. If you do a search, click on a result, but the page does not have any useful information, hit the back button rather than clicking the "sponsored link." These sponsored links are often made to look like standard links or navigation to trick you into clicking on them. If the page has no content, hit the back button and look for another result.
This is not to say that the appearance of sponsored links indicates that the page is spam, but if there is no useful information on the page, don't reward the website owner financially by clicking on a sponsored link. Digging through these spam results can be a big waste of time and you might even consider reporting the spam result to the search engine you used to find it. Search engines have staff that will review the report, and if the page does violate the search engines terms of inclusion, they will delete it from the results.
Spamming can be financially rewarding, or it wouldn't be so prevalent. It is unlikely spam will ever be eliminated, but you can help reduce it by not clicking.
Blogs have revolutionized the Internet. Ten years ago the Web was a different place. If you wanted to find out about a business, you would do a search, find their corporate web site, and find out what they had to say about themselves.
Find out about our SEO Services for small business
Submitting your XML sitemap to MSN is easy if you know where to start. That starting place is:
If you don't already have an MSN Live account, sign up for one. Once you are logged in go to http://webmaster.live.com/ and click on "Sign in to use the tools."
You are immediately brought to the Site List page:
From there, click on "Add a Site." You'll be directed to the page where you can enter the URL of your site, the URL of the XML Sitemap and whether you'd like to authenticate your site ownership via META tag or XML file.
You'll also be able to enter your email address and choose whether or not you will receive the webmaster newsletter. After clicking "Submit" your site will be added and you'll be given the code with which you can authenticate your site.
Click "OK" when you are ready to authenticate. You'll be directed back to the Site List page. You can now click on the "Web Address" or your site to access the tools.
Clicking on "Sitemap" in the top navigation will bring you to the "Sitemap" page, where you can change the sitemap URL or ping the sitemap.
Explore the tools and ENJOY!