You have completed the development of your website, the content management system is working fine, the client seems happy enough so it the time to make things live? Launching a website is similar to a home-made meal, you’ve got a good number of ingredients at a place and you have to ensure that the quality and quantity are both perfect to the taste. Testing a complete website is quite a task, so here we have few things which are essential to check before launching any website and making it alive.
- Page Content
The title and content of your page is probably of outmost importance when it comes to SEO. It’s crucial for your users to know what is present on their page. Change the names of every new page as this is what the search engines are looking for.
- Read, Read and Read!
Where content is important, it is equally important to read the material on your website again and again to ensure its validity. If you get tired of reading the same thing over and over again, ask someone to do it for you. Not only will you find minor mistakes but probably you would need to alter some of the content to suit the nature of your business. Get a professional in this line of work to do the final reading for you.
- Browser Compatibility
Just when you think that your developed website is perfect from every perspective, try to it in IE and you will find what a real nightmare it can be. We are not saying that your website has to be picture-perfect but you should test it across various platforms to ensure its compatibility. The most common ones are Chrome, Firefox, IE 8 and 9. If you are not familiar with the technical issues of your website you may contact us as we are the middle east fastest growing web designing company in Dubai.
- Functionality Testing
If your website has a number of different features and functions then it are important that you test them before making things live. Fill in forms are a simple example. Check it thoroughly yourself and let other do it too, your friends and the best if possible some members of the target market. See if they can easily carry out the functionalities your website intended for them.
Making an assumption that all of your links work is not something you should make before publishing your website. Check all the links till the last minute and also make sure that all paths are covered. The main logo should always take the user back to the homepage. The icons on the links should be comprehensible and clear. Anyone should be able to see it and decide what action it demands.
At this point you might be wondering that what speed testing has to do with the launch. Well speed can make quite a difference in the effectiveness of your website. Even a minor difference of few seconds can either keep the customers or force them to leave as people have become quite accustomed to excellent speeds and this is something on which they don’t compromise at all. You run a few different speed tests and ensure it’s the best that you can offer.
If you have an e-commerce website then probably you already have spent a hefty amount on its security features. At this point we would recommend you to check all the security functionalities once again. Go to the encrypted section of your site and check if the Security Certificate is valid.
Launching a new website can be quite enthralling but taking precautionary steps beforehand will give you benefits in the long run.7 Things to check before launching any website by Fizzah Iqbal