Wireframing: An essential part of web design
01 January 2015

“Design is destiny in my hands, fate in your eyes.”

There are two main stages that exist when a website is being developed. The first phase is the designing phase where the author would figure out how they want their website to look. The second phase is the developmental phase. In this phase website is built up from scratch and the stability and functionality of the website is meticulously tested. Usually this is the routine, however many web developers go through additional steps in order to satisfy their clients. One of these additional steps in creating a client-satisfying website is wireframing. Even though this term has been around for quite a while now and many web developers incorporate this process into their developmental phase, however, not many people outside the industry have an adequate idea about what wireframing actually is.

 

What is Wireframing?

As defined by Google, a website wireframe is mainly a schematic or a blueprint of a webpage. The schematic serves as a visual guide and represents the core framework of the website.

In simple terms, a wireframe is mainly a layout of how you want your website to look. The schematic is laid down in very simple terms and it allows both the client and the developer to assess how the website would look in its basic form. Wireframing makes it easy since you can always change things around without making too much of an effort.

 

Why is it done?

As stated by many developers, it is much easier to figure out the proper positioning of the elements in the designing phase than it is to move the elements around once the website has been properly finished. Wireframing is essentially just an exhibition of how the elements are going to be positioned once the website will be done. It lacks the end-project functionality however it does contain the basic design which would be existent in the end-project.

 

Benefits of Wireframing

The main benefit behind wireframing is simple. The fact that it gives prototypical design to the client and allows them to evaluate what changes they expect in the final product. Since it’s a simple process, it can be done fairly quickly and easily.

Another benefit is the fact that wireframing gives an actual roadmap to the developer. The visual aid that is rendered by wireframing is quite beneficial and it allows the developer to have a better idea about the things he needs to do. It also helps the clients to see the content area and think about the other elements that should be existent on the page.

Since wireframing is mainly a basic model of how the ending website would look, once clients look at the website wireframe, they realize fairly quickly if they have left out on anything they needed in the website and hence spare the developer of going through the misery of editingchanges in the finished website.

The wireframing aspect also gives developers a clear cut insight as to what they should design and how they should go about it. It could be said that wireframing is almost crucial for responsive websites.  A jump start into the developmental zone helps developers in building a stunning website.

 

Website wireframes make the designing and developing processes fairly simple. Designers and developers who use wireframing for their websites have reported that wireframing aided them in getting the job done quickly. This acceleration is a win-win situation for everyone.

“The design to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” 

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