University of California, Riverside

Web Development



Working with the Web Team


Site Construction Process

Our process for creating a website is simple and straightforward:

1. Meet with the client.

It is your website, so it is important that you tell us about your organization, your audiences and your goals for the site. We’ll also ask you questions like:

  • Who is your audience? That is, who is the person you are trying to reach with your message?
  • What is your message? What are you trying to get across?
  • What are the goals? That is, what should happen after this message is delivered?

2. Deconstruction of the old site.

Most clients are rebuilding or updating an existing site, rather than starting from scratch. Working in concert with the client, we “deconstruct” the existing site, examining the content, identifying what needs to stay, what needs to go and what needs to move. This can help us develop a preliminary site map for the new site.

Research and content creation.

The next step is to create the content for the new site, which includes written copy and images. As our writers develop content, the site map can change based on how the content evolves. The site map is important as it will help determine the navigation. This is also the ideal time to begin collecting images that will help tell the stories within your pages.

4. Layout and design.

Once the content is vetted and approved by the client and photos are taken, we proceed into the design phase. The visual and written content is brought together by a professional artist who lays out the copy and adds graphical elements such as boxes and icons. Areas that may require additional programming, such as database interfaces or other special aspects, may be identified during this time.

5. Programming and Production.

When the page designs are approved by the client, the task of programming them within HTML begins.

6. Launch.

Pages are reviewed one last time, then are put up on the Web for all to see.

The timeline for creating a site will depend on several factors, including the amount of content and the complexity of the site. Large or complex sites can be done in stages, rather than waiting for all content to be created before proceeding with layout and design.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Web Development
1156 Hinderaker Hall

Tel: (951) 827-6397 (951) UCR-NEWS
Fax: (951) 827-5008
E-mail: webteam@ucr.edu

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