There is a lot of excitement in the air when you are launching a new website. There are expectations, tons to accomplish and many details that can’t be missed but it is easy to forget about a couple of steps amidst all the excitement. To ensure that you don’t miss out on any important step, we have taken the liberty to formulate an ultimate website design checklist. There are still many things that aren’t mentioned here but this will give you an overview of all the things you need to ensure a successful website launch.
1 – Proofreading the Content:
It may seem like a very basic thing to point out but there is a reason why it is so up high in this checklist because many people tend to skip this step. Copy pasting from your old website design sometimes results in weird formatting errors so pay special attention. Go through the entire website with a fine-toothed comb to check for any spelling mistakes, typos, grammatical or formatting errors.
2 – Web Forms:
If you have any forms integrated into your website design then it’s absolutely essential that you test them all. If you are a lead generation website then these forms are of utmost importance. Fill these forms out yourself to check the following:
– Is the lead information showing in your software?
– Can the form be shortened or improved in any way?
– Were there any errors or lags along the way?
– Does the “Thank You” page appear when the lead is submitted?
– Does the customer receive an automated response from our site?
3 – URLs:
You need to test each and every URL when you transfer your website from a staging site to its production site. Every URL should direct to its intended destination as it is crucial from both functionality and SEO point of view.
4 – Title Tags / Meta Data:
This may sound like something everyone knows already but you’d be surprised at how many people miss this crucial step. Double check that every page has its unique Meta title and description.
5 – Speed:
We all know how impatient people can be these days. Any new visitor would not give more than 7 seconds on your website. They make the decision if they wish to stay on your site or move to another one in merely 7 seconds so website speed is crucial. Website speed can make or break your user’s experience. Test how much time it takes to load each webpage on all devices.
6 – Compatibility across all Browsers:
For a flawless website design, ensure that your website is compatible across all browsers. An easier way to test this out is to load your website on as many PCs as possible.
7 – Images:
Double check the format of the images you are putting up on your website. Sometimes if the images are too big, it may end up taking a lot of time to load and making the user experience an unpleasant one.
8 – Social Media Integration:
Allowing an option to share your content on social media is a great way to increase your site’s visibility and get more traffic so ensure that you have social media plugins installed on your webpage and test them all out once to check if they are functioning properly.
9 – Sitemap:
Your sitemap makes it easier for the search engines to crawl and index your website so ensure that you include your sitemap on your website as well.
10 – Stress Test:
You need to ensure if your site is ready to take on the load it will be subjected to once it goes live, so stress test your website before your big launch. There are many softwares available online that will help you stress test your website design.
There you have it; however, the launch is just the beginning. Continue monitoring your site’s performance to ensure that it is on its way to success.