When it comes to a web development project, there is much more than meets the eye.

We at dzine it have dealt with all kinds of clients. From small business owners to representatives from large corporations, everyone wants the same thing — a professional website design that has been developed to meet their specific standards. Often, however, most potential clients need a little guidance in order to find their direction.

In response, I suggests that anyone looking to hire a professional web design and development firm for their next project consider the following.

The first step is for the client or website owner to get a clear understanding of his or her goals with respect to the website, what they wish to achieve with the site, what sort of clients they wish to target, and what sort of message they wish to convey. Similarly, your web development firm should also understand these goals and get to know your business as best they can, to ensure a quality finished product before the project even begins.

Once you have gathered all of the information necessary to begin the website development process, both you and the developer can begin planning the site.

The planning phase should involve getting together with your web developer to create a site map. A site map essentially maps out all of the pages of your website, as a guide to the content that will be offered within.

This portion of the process is essential because you want to ensure that you create a site that is easily navigable for your users.

Once the planning phase is complete it is time for the website designer to work their magic. At this point, you should already have a look and feel in mind and you should have shared it with the web designer. A professional website designer is essential to any quality web development project.

A professional web design firm will usually send 'mock-ups' of your site for approval. These are generally photos that will give you an idea of what the finished product will look like. At this point in the process, if you have any changes or questions to the design of the site, it is important to speak up. Communication during this phase is essential.

One you have approved your website design the staff takes over and the development phase begins.

Depending on the complexity of your site, it now becomes a waiting game for the client. All of the graphic images and content will begin to take shape and any web-based software applications that you requested will be built into the site to act as one functioning unit. Once completed, your website development firm will test the website, work out the bugs, and offer it to you for final approval. Once you have approved the site, it is just a matter of time before it goes live.

That's not the end, however.

A professional website developer never cuts the rope once their client has been thrown into the vast sea of the World Wide Web.

We always look to form a lasting relationship with our clients and we help them every step of the way through the process and beyond. If you choose the right web developer, chances are you will work with them in the future as well.