Based on the information gathered in the Exploratory Phase, the sitemap is created which will describe the relationships between the main areas of your website. Such representation provides insight into how usable the final product will be. Page relationships will indicate how easy (or difficult) it will be for the end-user to find the required information or service if they starts from the main page (landing page). The main reason behind the sitemap creation is to build a user-friendly and easy to navigate website. The sitemap allows you to understand what the inner structure of a website looks like, but doesn’t describe the user interface. Before starting to code or even work on a design, we require the Client to confirm that everything looks as expected so we can begin the next phase of development. In this case, a wireframe or mock-up is created. A wireframe is a visual representation of user interface that will be created; however it doesn’t contain any design elements such as colors, logos, text, etc. This outlines only describe the elements that will be added to the page and their location.
The other major part of the Planning Phase is to select technology stack that will be used – programming languages, frameworks, Content Management System (CMS) that you’re going to use. We will provide outlines of which technologies fit your needs, which technologies scale best with your anticipated growth, which technologies are well supported and documented. This ensures that your site has longevity.