As a world-renowned physicist, broadcaster and author, Professor Jim Al-Khalili needed a professional website that provided information to the general public, whilst also providing a source of information for those looking to learn more about Jim and his life achievements.
Jim's previous website was hosted on Squarespace, which initially served him well although after a few months it quickly became hard to manage, broken in parts and not responsive on many common devices. Therefore, Jim was looking to completely revamp his current site and add value to his site by having it as a central database of his work as a physicist, lecturer, broadcaster and author.
The first step in the process was to outline what features where required in order to have the website act as a central source for all things Jim. Next, it was time to decide on a colour palette and the general flow/layout of the website to ensure consistency.
The second stage was to pull everything together into finalised designs for Jim to review and provide feedback and finally to approve. Once these designs were approved then the next stage was to set up a backend database to store data, notably the hundreds of academic papers that Jim has worked on over his career.
Once the database was set up and working it was time to begin building the website from scratch, using best practise techniques and easily manageable code. It was essential that the website worked just as well on all screen sizes and device types, to ensure consistent user experience.
Finally, when the website was fully coded and ready to go live - the next stage involved setting up a secure backend login area for Jim or myself to securely access and update content on the website as and when needed.
Before making the final website live, I moved everything over to my demo site to allow Jim to preview the final website on a hidden domain. Once Jim was happy to with the final product, I configured all domain records to the new host provider and made everything live.