What is a wireframe in website development or application development?

In the context of website development or application development a wireframe black and white, deliberately simplified line drawing of the layout of a website or application.

Website Wireframe Example by The Portland Company

Website Wireframe Example by The Portland Company

This is sometimes mistakenly synonymous with website prototyping.

 

How are they used?

Wireframing is one step in a professional website design process. It’s a time and cost efficient method of scoping a project opposed to making layout, behavior flow and feature level changes later in the development process.

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