Nice websites offer much more than just aesthetics. They attract visitors and help visitors to understand the products and services through a variety of indicators and interactions. Every element of your site needs to work towards a defined goals. A holistic web design process helps to achieve the defined goals.
For us, steps to design, develope and launch a website requires 6 basic steps:
Analysis of Client Requirements & Technology Research
Wireframes, Palette Colors, Styling Guide & Artistic Prototypes
Front-End Programming, Back-End Development & Data Structure
Functionality, Performance & Cross Browsing Compatibility
Server Settings, Files Transfer and Final Deployment
Content Updates, SEO Improvements & New Pages and/or Functionalities