Unit21: Web production

2009-10

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Introduction

The internet is perhaps the most important IT development of the last few decades; it provides new ways to communicate and share information. It has also revolutionised the way people and businesses use IT. Businesses can now take part in a global marketplace, widening their scope for potential customers, all from a local base and with relatively low start-up costs.

The need for good web designers and developers continues to grow as more and more companies realise they must develop a web presence and keep it maintained and updated. As web technologies develop, there is an increasing need that websites be interactive. This allows two-way communication between the user and the website. It could be a connection to a database which is needed for activity such as online transactions, or requests for information.

The number of websites on the worldwide web has increased dramatically and competition is very high. This means that designers must employ increasingly sophisticated techniques to capture interest, as well as ensuring that an appropriate company image is presented. Usability issues, such as navigation methods, must be considered carefully. A poorly-designed structure could result in users becoming confused or frustrated and navigating away from the site.

This unit considers the whole process from identification of need, design, build, upload, test, maintain and review. It is important that learners do not just develop skills in specific techniques but are also able to select when and where they are most appropriate, basing this decision on client and user needs. As with any field of IT, a comprehensive understanding of the relevant legislation and guidelines is always fundamental.

This unit is part of the 2007 Edexcel National Diploma programme, for which full details can be found in the course manual at this link.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  1. be able to design an interactive website
  2. be able to create an interactive website
  3. understand the factors that influence website performance
  4. understand the constraints related to the production and use of websites

 

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