Are you creating Web prototypes?

If you are connected with the field of website design and development, then in all probabilities you know what a web prototype is.

Web prototypes can actually be of various forms and usage. Professional web designers come across and deliver websites ranging from a very wide spectrum of products, services and specialties. Catering to multiple industries also imposes upon them the added responsibility of knowing the market segment these websites would deliver to and the targeted customers or followers of this website. This of course is understandable and required for offering relevant and ideal creations to their customers.

Does this mean there are no chances of errors?

Of course not! Errors can occur in multiple forms and severity. These errors however, need to be dealt with without losing too much of work and time spent on compounding them further.

This is where web prototypes prove to be very helpful. These prototypes are by no means meant to contain the complete range and functionality of a website being designed. They can focus on specialties and individual tasks alike.

Lets consider the example of internal navigation within a website and the way a visitor to the website would perceive the the navigation options presented. As a designer we can at times get influenced by our own preferences and choices; however, preferences and understandings need not be the same for the user base being targeted by the website. Using a well built prototype for isolated reasons such as navigation controls, etc. can allow you to test as well as receive immediate feedback about any flaws or wrong approaches in a design.

Prototypes need not be limited to just user interfaces and handling. What if the website you are creating creates online albums from photographs a member can upload, or maybe designing and printing customized greeting cards. There are various functions and steps involved in how each similar website would receive and handle the data from its users. It also becomes important for these websites to accept data and approach stages in a proper order, and web prototypes come in handy to check upon varied types of functions or operations within a website.

There exist various forms of prototyping which are all useful according to the stage of a website development project. Broadly classified as Horizontal and Vertical Prototypes each form of web prototype allows a project to benefit immensely from the user based testing it undergoes.

Website design teams and firms appreciate and hugely favor implementation of web prototyping in all the projects they handle. This is understandably so because web prototypes help them save time and gain useful feedback at the right stage of their work. It all evolves into higher productivity plus higher profits, due to the time saved on building further upon existing errors and possible complete re-developments at later stages.

Customers too come out happy when they receive chances to test the developments along with receiving concrete proof of development work being conducted on their orders.

If you are involved in website design and development, then there is one question I would love to ask you as well … Are you creating web prototypes?

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