[FONT=“Georgia”]This isn’t a question about the specifics of HTML and CSS, etc. but one about your approach to building a website.
We all know the phrase, “the devil’s in the details”. How do you manage them?
If you’re anything like me, you first focus on getting the website largely done, make sure all the features are working, then go around the website refining it, fixing margins, text sizes, line heights, how some things work, colours, etc. The details.
And fussing with the details can easily take as long or longer than getting the site up and running did.
Of course, all this while the client is waiting on you for feedback.
In the past, I used to just link the client to the “largely done” website, before I started refining, just so they’d know I didn’t take their money and split. But I’ve been wondering recently if that’s actually been a mistake.
Because inevitably their response would be along the lines of, “Could we make that space there bigger?” or “Is that font too small to read?”
These are issues I’d have eventually gotten to on my own. So I’m wondering if showing them the site “unfinished”, as it were, instead of giving the impression that I’m a hard worker, instead gives the impression that I’m blasé.
So. My question for you guys.
How do you go about “minding those details” ?
Do you, for example, have a checklist of details to go through and tick off before showing the site (or a specific page) to client?
Do you hold back on showing anything to client at all until the entire site with fussy details are finished?
Also, secondary question, what details have you found to be important to mind?
What gotchas are there in web-design that could be embarrassing while showing a site to a roomful of client staff ?