Best practices or tools for defining specifications for a new website?
May 31, 2013 4:35 PM Subscribe
My small team is hiring a developer and a designer to build a website. What is the best way for us to communicate the features that the website needs to have? It is a medium-complexity website - more than a blog, less than Facebook.
posted by inatizzy to computers & internet (13 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'm working with a small team to build a website from scratch. It is of medium complexity and includes some social networking-style features: profiles, search, connections between users, newsfeed, etc. We will probably be hiring a developer and a designer to make our plans a reality.
What is the best way for us to list out the website's features? I am craving something that has an easy-to-understand format for giving detailed specifications to the developers.
It needs to describe the complexity of each feature, and the way that each page interacts with the other pages. (And, possibly, the data that it is pulling from the database to populate a given page.)
Is there a good tool out there for this? (Or a combination of tools?) If you've done this before, what have you used? I started by listing some features in a super-basic Word list, but it has quickly become too complex and all of the information is getting lost in there.
Thanks in advance for your advice!