Anyone who has ever had to design and create a website will tell you that there is more that goes into the making of a website than one realizes. There are many intricate details in the design and coding that cannot be over-looked. One small mistake can lead to endless technical glitches and frustration. This is even more of a liability when it is a business website, deterring many would-be customers, who would rather look elsewhere than to deal with a faulty site.
This is why it is a no-brainer to have a comprehensive checklist to go through before your site goes live. Below we listed the essential checks you have to do as well as the main areas of checks to cover.
This is a simple check of all content including fact-checking, grammar, titles. Ensure everything is in the right place and that formatting is consistent throughout site.
Do not over-look the legalities of your website. It is recommended that you seek further legal advice where necessary.
If your site contains any features, test and validate them all thoroughly. These may include:
Security is something that is also imperative to your websites survival and should not be taken lightly. Security features need to be regularly updated. You might want to consider automatic core updates .Some fundamental security measures include:
To ensure that anyone can access your website at any time, you need to ensure that it is cross browser compatible, meaning that it will work in all browsers.
It should also be functional across various device types including desktops, tablets, laptops and mobile phones.
All media formats (images, text, and video, audio) should be working properly on all devices, across all browsers.
One cannot ignore the power of social media these days for marketing and lead generation.
Having an awesome website is pointless if it cannot be found. Having effective Search engine optimization in place is key. SEO is a skill-set on its own and requires constant up-keep, which is why these services can often be outsourced. A plug-in like Yoast can also help you get started. Never-the-less basic SEO essentials include:
To be able to track traffic and statistics regularly to your site, install Google Analytics code to all pages on your site.
Some of these may require more help and technical skill sets to complete. It may be worth investing in some expertise. Once you have covered all of these categories of your checklist, you should be ok!