A protoype is the first step in the design process of a website. It’s basically a blueprint for the site’s functionality.
All major pages in a site get a prototype. It’s fully clickable and shows how the site will work. In hands-on sessions with the client, the prototype makes it simple to discover missing sections, or parts of the site that aren’t yet logical.
So, what does a prototype look like? Well, like they say on tv cookery shows: “Here’s one I prepared earlier!”. Web page prototype example.
The above prototype has a homepage, news, product pages and a contact page.
In this stage, it’s easy to make changes without completely reworking the design.
Using the protoype, me and the client decide the final functionality on a page-by-page basis. We choose exactly what will be on each page and how it will work, not what it will look like. That will be decided in the design stage of the project.