Website development consists of two major parts:
- Front-end development involves the visual part of your website: the images, design and content that a user sees in their browser;
- Back-end development is the code that allows your website to function and interact with the server.
HTML prototypes is a static version of the web application that is created by front-end programmers. It is simply a plain layout that is yet to incorporate any real functionality.
There are several ways of creating the layout:
- If your website has a custom design, which normally comes in PSD format, a front-end developer will convert these pages to HTML/CSS. This process is called slicing.
- If you don’t need a fancy design, just attractive custom features, there’s an easier way to achieve the layout—you can create HTML prototypes using specialized prototyping tools.
Why HTML prototypes?
There’s nothing unique about HTML prototypes. That’s why they come in very handy when your goal is to create a functional working system as opposed to a state-of-the-art design.
For obvious reasons, bespoke design is a costly pleasure. HTML prototypes are a great shortcut that reduces expense. They are fast to build and the cost is much lower. They give everyone a visual idea of how their website or application will look.
There are some good tools for creating HTML prototypes available online. One of them is Divshot.com.
Here at A2 Design, we use HTML prototypes a lot because they generate clean and simple HTML code on the basis of bootstrap.
HTML prototypes can be a great foundation for your future website. They also provide you with unlimited customization possibilities.
You can see what websites have been created using Bootstrap here: http://expo.getbootstrap.com/.
Don’t get hung up on fancy design; get your idea out there now! Get in touch with A2 Design today.