There are three types of website implementation that iTech Matters use.
1. Phased implementation (of existing website) is a method of changing from an existing system to a new one.
Phased implementation is a changeover process that takes place in stages. If you have an existing website, this is the process we will adopt.
As an example, think of a supermarket. In this supermarket the checkout system is being upgraded to a newer version. Imagine that only the checkout counters of the vegetable section are changed over to the new system, while the other counters carry on with the old system. If the new system does not work properly, it won’t matter because only a small part of the supermarket has been computerised. If it does work, staff can take turns working on the vegetable counters to get some practice using the new system. After the vegetables section is working perfectly, the meat section might be next, then the confectionery section, and so on. Eventually all the various counters in the supermarket system would have been phased in, and everything would be running. This takes a long time as there are two systems working until the changeover is completed. However, the supermarket is never in danger of having to shut and the staff are all able to get plenty of training in operating the new system, so it is a much friendlier method.
2. Implementation (existing website) is a method of replacing the existing website with the new website immediately.
This type of implementation is a process where the entire website is replaced by the new website.
This is the simplest methods of changeover. Imagine a new checkout system for a supermarket. If the implementation is done by direct changeover, then the supermarket will be closed for one night, all the old checkouts will be taken out, the new ones will be installed and the supermarket will be ready to open the next day. Although this is a simple method, it takes a lot of planning. All the files have to be ready to load, all the workers need to have been trained in advance and the system must have been properly tested. If the checkouts do not work when they are switched on, the store will have to close because they cannot go back to the old system.
3. Implementation (new website) is a method of making the new website available.
This is the simplest implementation as the website did not exists prior to implementation.
Imagine a new supermarket. The supermarket will be not open until the system has been ‘turned on’ and the supermarket will be ready to open the next day. Although this is a simple method, it takes a lot of planning. All the workers need to have been trained in advance and the system must have been properly tested. If the system do not work when they are switched on, the store will have to close because they cannot process the customers purchases.