Building eGovernment Websites


How Do I Plan The Different Phases Of The Realisation Of An eGovernment Website?

There is no ready-made formula for planning the different phases of the realisation of your website. But it generally helps to consider the following sequence, which is common to the production of most web applications:

  1. Planning: establishing goals and priorities, discussing technical aspects for their implementation, budgeting for the project, assigning responsibilities.
  2. Design and development : creating the structure and graphical layout of the site, first conceptually, then practically.
  3. Implementation : gathering contents and editing them, creating all the pages that will host them, finding web hosting arrangements for the site, loading, testing, launching and promoting the site.
  4. Maintenance : day-to-day running of the site, reviewing/updating contents, testing of technical features, general technical maintenance, fostering public awareness.
  5. Evaluation : monitoring the performance of the site in relation to the goals originally set for it, reviewing the project's budgets and goals accordingly, considering expanding or reducing/cancelling specific features.

The results of the fifth phase (Evaluation) may generate new requirements and demands, which are likely to feed back into one or more of the previous phases in the process, thereby repeating the cycle more than once (e.g. it may be decided that a new section for different information needs to be set up: this needs to be planned, designed, implemented and maintained like the rest of the site, and will eventually be evaluated as part of a more general evaluation process).

Page Author: Andrea Bardelli Danieli. Last updated on 19 October, 2008.
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