In the realm of website and application development, prototyping is a fundamental step that bridges the gap between initial concept and final product. A prototype is a preliminary model of your website or application that represents how the final version will look and function. It helps visualize the user interface, map out the user journey, and explore the functionality of the application before diving into full-fledged development. As such, prototyping is an invaluable tool for identifying potential issues, saving time, and ensuring that the end product meets user needs and business goals.
When it comes to prototyping, partnering with an experienced team like Valtira can make all the difference. At Valtira, we understand the value of a well-constructed prototype in minimizing risks, reducing development time, and improving overall product quality. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the benefits of prototyping a website or application with Valtira, demonstrating how our expertise and approach can lead to successful digital products that resonate with users and deliver on your business objectives.
Prototyping is an essential part of website and application development, and it involves creating a preliminary version of the website or application to test and refine its design and functionality. Prototyping is a critical step in the development process because it helps identify and address any issues with the website or application before the final version is released. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of prototyping a website or application and how Valtira can help in this process.
Helps to Identify and Address Issues Early on
Prototyping helps identify and address issues early in the development process. By testing the preliminary version of the website or application, developers can detect design and functionality issues and make necessary changes. This helps to reduce the risk of costly errors or bugs in the final version of the website or application.
Allows for Better Collaboration and Communication
Prototyping facilitates better communication and collaboration between developers, designers, and stakeholders. By creating a preliminary version of the website or application, all parties involved can provide feedback and make suggestions on how to improve the design and functionality. This leads to a better end product that meets the needs of all stakeholders.
Saves Time and Money
Prototyping saves time and money in the long run. By identifying and addressing issues early on in the development process, developers can avoid costly rework and revisions down the line. This helps to reduce the overall development time and costs associated with the website or application.
Helps to Refine User Experience (UX)
Prototyping helps to refine the user experience (UX) of the website or application. By testing the preliminary version, developers can see how users interact with the website or application and make changes to improve the UX. This leads to a better user experience, which is essential for retaining users and driving engagement.
How Valtira Can Help
Valtira is a digital agency that specializes in website and application development. They offer a range of services that can help with prototyping, including:
UX Research and Design
Valtira can help with UX research and design, which is essential for creating a user-friendly website or application. They can work with clients to understand their target audience and design a website or application that meets their needs.
Prototyping and Testing
Valtira can create a preliminary version of the website or application and test it to identify any issues. They can also make necessary changes to improve the design and functionality.
Valtira offers full-service website and application development. They can take a project from the initial concept to the final release and provide ongoing support and maintenance.
In conclusion, prototyping is an essential step in website and application development that helps identify and address issues early on, facilitates better collaboration and communication, saves time and money, and helps to refine the user experience. Valtira can help with all aspects of prototyping and development, from UX research and design to full-service development and ongoing support. Contact Valtira today to learn more about their services and how they can help with your website or application development needs.
One of Our Past Prototyping Projects
Cantel enlisted Valtira to redesign and re-architect its website experience across various properties and recent acquisitions. Cantel wanted a solution to enable affiliates to easily integrate with the platform, become one corporate website, support the larger strategy of advancing brand recognition, increasing sales, and a consistent experience for all users and visitors.
Combining various web properties into a single platform with educational materials woven throughout. Utilize Acquia Digital Asset Manager for organization of various content.
- Consistent style guide
- Responsive, reusable page templates
- Increased customer conversions
- Improved performance
The discovery phase started by interviewing key stakeholders at Cantel so Valtira’s UX team could guide the design and development teams in the next phase.
Here’s what we heard
- Education is a big differentiator
- Document management is important and needs improvement
- Need easily searchable doc library
- Content needs to be easy to manage and update
- Need tools to better manage customer experience
- Need better structure/hierarchy on site
- Need easy search, navigation, solutions, and resources
User flows & wireframes
After discovery was complete, the design team got started on a wireframe prototype that was seamless and offered responsive scaling on mobile, tablet, and desktop devices. This included 25-page templates, several modals, alerts, and small user interaction animations.
We created three user paths that had different content and resources within the site. This included non-logged-in users, logged-in users, and customer users. Cantel’s users span across the world, so the navigation included a geography selector to help all users access content in various languages