Making a web portal is difficult but its process will become much easier when it’s completely monitored. What is a web portal? Every portal is a website but it has a complex structure, which leads to a lot of external resources. Its content is often protected by username and password. The main purpose is to provide quick access to information and services for its customers.
There are 7 steps in its development process:
Firstly, Preparations: The most important and complicated task here is to analyze the market state, find the target audience, and decide what particular problem your portal will solve according to the company’s goal. Analyzing the market and determining your target audience will help you form the idea of its content and design as different people have different points of view, and different tastes. Designer has to compromise between the owner’s expectations and the users’ interests.
Secondly, Planning: Properly defining the project scope is needed to control its development time and budget. To manage the process well, you should build a development schedule in which you add tasks and deadlines in detail, then count an approximate cost of the development.
Thirdly, Design: Before designing each page, you should build the architecture of the portal. You also can create a sitemap that reflects the inner hierarchy of the pages and their connections. In this step you should choose the visual style of your web portal depending on the topic and target audience. For example, you may choose gateway web portal, or dashboards web portal. Gateway web portal is a page with strict structure, its blocks are fixed no matter who is in the system, and every click leads the user to a page with more information about the topic. On the other hand, dashboards are more personalized, the content, structure, and services provided depend on the role of the user in the system.
Fourthly, Content writing: Think about what people you are going to reach. To attract potential users, your portal should be easily found on the top of search engine results. So your content needs to be well informative and optimized. Think of some queries that can lead the users to your portal, and it’s good to include them into your headings and subheadings.
After that, Coding: Starting with developing the home page then move on following the structure in the sitemap that defines your portal navigation. It’s like a skeleton which becomes a body after implementing the design and adding the content. You may create the site with assistance from scratch, website builder, and content management system (CMSs). The most popular and widespread CMS is WordPress. It’s free and easy to work with. With the help of this tool you can build a website that meets the needs of any organization.
Then, Testing & Launching: The key important of the process is testing, making sure all the users’ experience goes smoothly. Every form works properly, navigation is flawless, all pages are displayed correctly, and the portal is optimized to be compatible with different browsers. If all elements are fine, then you may move to plugin installation and SEO, always check if the plugins installed work correctly, and don’t slow down the loading.
Finally, Maintenance & Updating: Your web portal works for you but to remain successful, your team should constantly maintain it. You aim to keep the portal fresh, and relevant by adding new features to improve the version, offer new content, detect and fix bugs, respond to the users’ feedback, and so on.