A few days ago we published an article, How To Build Your Own Website. This article is a follow up to that, ensuring that before you launch your new website it is tested correctly. There are a number of ways that a website can be tested to ensure that you are doing what you can to reach your target audience, enhance sales and provide your readers with what they need to stay loyal to you. So, let’s get to work.
Before Your Go Live
Some aspects of your website always need to be examined and re-examined. It is the curse of the good, enemy of the better. But, readers like to know that you pay attention to detail and here is where it all comes together. You have sent out press releases, announced that you will be unveiling a website for your business or other organisation. People are waiting with expectancy, so you don’t disappoint them if you can help it. Here are some areas to pay special attention to before the big launch day.
1. Check For Typos & Other Errors
If you don’t check and recheck, you are guaranteed to miss something. Ask a friend or colleague to read over your pages as a fresh set of eyes. This includes site maps, buttons, headers and the like.
2. Check Your Forms
Do they appears as they should? Do all the boxes work? Is it easy to navigate? Does it direct the customer to the right landing page when they hit ‘submit’?
3. Check Page Loading Times
The kiss of death is that spinning wheel that signifies something is possibly going on in the background although you don’t know what. Ensure that loading speeds for pages are inside acceptable parameters. If they are loading slowly, there is a problem that needs attention.
4. Browser Testing
Maybe you like Edge as a browser, but there are other options out there. Does your website load correctly in Firefox, Google, Safari and the rest? Note: This includes making sure that your website is mobile friendly.
Do photos take a long time to load? Are they clear and of high quality? Are they overlapping content?
6. All Links Are Valid
Do the textual links lead to the pages they are supposed to land on? Test each and every one for viability.
How many times have you seen a page that has some weird squiggles on it or characters instead of a word? Make sure all fonts and characters show up as they should on each page.
8. Check Your Site Map
Is there a site map and does it work to help viewers to navigate your website?
9. Social Media
Are all icons present and plugins installed for social media on your website? Do they go to the appropriate site when clicked?
10. Contrast On The Page
Is there a high degree of contrast for easy reading and absorption of information on the page? Is there enough white space within the content?
11. Security Certificates
For E-Commerce Websites, it is important to have a secure encryption for customer data. Are these present and working?
There is still a lot to do after the website pages are created. Don’t miss any necessary checks before launch day. Bookmark this page and refer to it as a guide when publishing your next website. Alternately have us create your website for you through JaenkeTech, Building Websites That Market Themselves.