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Nowadays, every company or brand has a website which is often the first port of call for individuals or businesses who are interested in the brand. So a website needs to perform a variety of fundamental tasks:
Not everybody knows how to set up or design a website, so web designers work either in-house or freelance to create the website a company is after.
Clients, or representatives of the brand, will brief the web designers on exactly what they want the website to look like and what they want it to perform. The web designer, or a team of web and graphic programmers and copywriters will be put in charge of writing the codes, designing the visual layout and, occasionally, writing all the content for the site. Web designers might also be responsible for maintaining, moderating and constantly updating material on the site.
When meeting with the client or owner of the website, a web designer will need to identify the target audience, the desired function of the website and amount of traffic likely to pass through the site before they can begin design and production. The web designer will advise the client on search engine optimisation (SEO) and, after the site is complete, will register it on a server and with various search engines.
Before the site goes live, the web designer will test the site and all its capabilities. They may invite a focus group made up of members of the target audience to also test the site and give all feedback to the designer in order that he or she can make the necessary amendments, report findings back to the client and eventually put the site ‘live’ online.