Website Launching Checklist: How Can You Avoid 10 Terrible Mistakes that Beginner Developers Make?
We always prefer a checklist to shop, travel, or prepare for any event so that we don't miss any significant point. But why don't we make a checklist before we start a website?
Websites are very complicated. You can easily overlook so many things, such as a broken link or a misspelled word. From proofreading to testing results, we will cover everything in this article.
And while some of these tips may seem somewhat fundamental, that's the point! We want to assist you in making sure you have not accidentally overlooked some of your website's tiny but significant element.
To assist you to prevent these errors that we have learned from over the years, we are giving away the precise checklist that we follow when we launch a new website.
We hope some of that pain will be saved for you. If you know someone who works on a website, by sharing this with them, you can likely save them some grief.
So let's explore it.
Step 01: Check Your Website Content
Many of us ignore errors in spelling content as we placed less importance on content. Nowadays, however, Google punishes if your content is broken or wrong.
Therefore, don't ignore your spelling mistake and verify it with your trusted individuals.
Page and Content Formatting
It would be best if you recheck all of the pages of your website whether your page and content formatting is correct or not.
Make sure that the page and content formatting is similar to all your website's existing pages. Otherwise, it will lose the ability to attract visitors.
You can set dummy text on the different sections of your website. However, before deploying your website, make sure all of the text placeholders are removed. Otherwise, the visitor will doubt your professionalism and expertise.
It is a horrible practice to not putting content on all the pages. If your website contains some page with content and some page without content that means you are a less dedicated developer and it can't fulfill your user crave as well.
Even today, there are still some people who want to print out the entire website.
The reason behind this could be a team seeks to discuss an article's content in a meeting, or somebody wants to read your article in such a place where they don't have an internet connection.
Each website should contain a CSS file for printing to satisfy these kinds of demands.
Favicon is a little logo or icon before your website address in the address bar of the browser. It is an excellent opportunity to expand your branding.
To set a favicon is a tiny work, so recheck your favicon whether it is correctly created and displayed or not.
Imagine a visitor coming to your website and making a misprint in a page URL, or clicking on a broken link on your website. Make sure you set up a custom 404 page on your website to show him a good response.
Step 02: Configure SEO Settings
Every page should contain its title and make sure your title is descriptive enough to make your user understood. Consider your page titles in a way that makes your page titles different from each other. Try not to copy other's page name and paste it on yours.
Using H1 style in the page title is a good practice to attract visitors, and don't make
multiple H1 styles in a page. It creates an unattractive view of a page.
Work hard until your page title is enough SEO friendly; otherwise, Google won't rank your page.
The XML sitemap is needed as it let Google knows that the structure has changed and can crawl your site again. Without XML sitemap, the links in Google will take much more time to be updated.
or sections of a website. Most major search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo recognize and honor robots.txt requests.
So, set up a 301 redirect between the https:// and https://www versions of your domains.
Step 03: Integrate Social Accounts
on pages such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, which ultimately attracts more traffics.
So don't forget to include the open graph tags on your website.
Step 04: Ensure Markup Validation
Usually, Google says, minor HTML / CSS errors won't harm the results of your site. However, our recommendation is to check how clean your code is.
You can scan pages for errors using some online tools, such as W3C Markup Validator and W3C CSS Validator.
So make sure your site links have been tested, and it works properly.
Step 05: Make Sure of Accessibility
ARIA stands for "Accessible Rich Internet Applications." It forms of markup that can be added to HTML so that, it can clearly communicate the status, roles, and properties of user interface elements.
ARIA landmark can help screen readers and other technologies to better understand the elements on a web page and provide a user interface that allows users to interact effectively with those elements.
Step 06: Ensure Rendering
Have you ever checked how your website looks except than your computer or performs on other devices and browsers? It is an important task to check your website in multiple web browsers from an external source.
Your website might look excellent in Chrome; however, it may look disastrous in Microsoft Edge or other browsers and vice-versa. It happens because each web browser has different ways to interprets CSS, HTML, and various plug-ins.
You have no control over which browser your visitors are going to choose when visiting your website.
So before launching your website, make sure your website is compatible with all the different browsers.
I have listed some of the most used browsers below; you should check your website with every browser before publishing it finally.
- Displays & Functions Correctly in IE- IE9, IE10, IE11
- Displays & Functions Correctly in Firefox- Windows, Mac
- Displays & Functions Correctly in Chrome- Windows, Mac. iOS- mobile, iOS- pad, android- mobile, android - tablet.
- Displays & Functions Correctly in Safari - Mac, iOS- mobile, iOS- pad.
- Displays & Functions Correctly in Microsoft Edge
Step 07: Check Website Functionality
Step 08: Ensure Optimization
It would help if you zipped large pages so that you can reduce the bandwidth. Compression tool like gzip will help you to compress your file indeed.
A fast and responsive page always attract visitors. You can check your page speed on PageSpeed Insights. It will suggest ways to make your page faster. Then you will be able to optimize your page according to the suggestions.
The Internet was not invented to do all of the amazing things that it does today. It simply wasn't built to handle the demands of a massive amount of data, flash sales, live high definition video, and large downloads that people expect today. However, you aware of what the Internet can do nowadays.
CDNs were planned to develop to help the Internet work better, to enable all of the connected experiences, and deliver media at the scale that you can expect.
So CDN corporation is a must for a website to increase the compatibility of your website.
Step 09: Check Your Website Security
Usually, every website contains some area that should not be accessed by search engines. You can lock down an area for a certain period if you consider that particular area is unimportant having some issue.
If you build a content management system website, you must change the default URL and username for security purpose.
Otherwise, the hacker will easily snatch your website. Eventually, don't forget to change the default URL and username of a CMS based website.
SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization's details such as a domain name, server name, or host-name, organizational identity, and location.
Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer and logins, and browsing of social media sites.
Step 10: Check Post Launch Points
SSL stands for "Secure Sockets Layer," a globally used security technology that helps to encrypt communication between a web browser and a web server.
It is used by millions of online businesses and individuals to decrease the risk of sensitive information from being stolen by hackers. Therefore, make sure the installation of the SSL certificate.
page has moved permanently. Here is the new location and we don't intend on moving it back."
The browser response be likeI'll send the user there right now!" Therefore, check your 301 redirects are working or not.
Once your website is live, don't forget to set up an uptime motoring service. Uptime monitors will keep a watch on your website and send a notification via email or SMS if your website goes down.
I guess many of you will agree on the checklist I have narrated above. Do you have a checklist of your own? Please feel free to share it in the comment box below and don't forget to review our checklist.