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Lesson 1

Reviewing Website Planning Models

Two Models

The first course in this series, Web Site Planning Models, introduced two effective models for understanding how the Web works.
The Web Interaction Model illustrates the five dynamic components that comprise a website, from content design (signs and metaphors) through the hardware requirements for deploying and maintaining the finished site.
The Web Development Process Model illustrates the six phases of a Web design project, including the roles, responsibilities, and deliverables required of each member of a Web design team. This module provides a review of how these models work, as well as the fundamental processes and vocabulary that applies to the Web design concepts discussed in this course.


To visualize a real world application of how a WebTeam functions, Web Site Planning Models also introduced Web Team, a virtual design team hired to complete a Web design project during the Corona Virus Pandemic. WebTeam appears throughout this course, as well, and this module provides you with an opportunity to become reacquainted with the team.

You can review each of these models in this module, or dive right into Module 3, signs and metaphors.

Designing and implementing a website is a complex task that requires knowledge not only of software programming principles but of graphical and user interface design techniques. While good design is important in regular software engineering and application development, there is now area where it is more essential than in website development, due to the diverse and dynamic nature of web content and the larger intended audience. This module will cover some of the issues involved with the two major components of a website, its design and implementation. The scope of this module is necessarily limited, as Web development is a rich and heterogeneous field. A broad overview of techniques and technology is given, with references to other modules. The reader is directed to consult other modules in this encyclopedia for more detailed information about the relevant technologies and concepts mentioned below. Occasionally links to websites will be given. They are either representative examples or suggestions for further reference, and should not be construed as an endorsement.

Module objectives

By the time you complete this review module you should have a fundamental understanding of:
  1. The Web Interaction Model
  2. The Web Development Process Model
  3. The WebTeam staff
In the next lesson, you can review the Web Interaction Model.

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