PHASE 1: PLAN
During the scope phase, you will identify the technical and functionality requirements for the new website. If you need to outsource any work, the information that you have gathered in the initiation, discovery, and scope phases will be critical for the external vendor.
List required features and functionalities.
What features and functionality would you like on the site?
Determine the content management system (CMS), web hosting, and other integrations.
Select the CMS and web hosting service that should be used, as well as determine whether the website needs to integrate with any third-party applications (e.g., Mercury, Google Analytics, Salesforce).
Indicate Institute- and department-level requirements.
These are requirements related to usability, security, legal issues, page loading times, etc. As a state-funded school, there are several requirements that every Institute website must legally comply with:
- Accessibility: Federal law and Georgia Tech policy require that you follow proper accessibility guidelines when creating and updating content.
- Security: Familiarize yourself with and adhere to Security Best Practices.
- Data Protection: All Institute websites must comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation Compliance Policy.
Set a preliminary budget.
Establish a preliminary budget for the project and indicate other funding sources that could affect the project.
If you have an internal web developer, they can begin setting up the staging/production environments.
During the UX design phase, you will begin to organize content around your website visitors' needs and your unit's priorities. This begins the design phase of the website redesign project.