New Site Check List
The last thing you want to do is have brand new site that you’re showing off to people and they’re catching typos and functionality issues. So although you might be super excited to launch the website, it’s necessary to take it slow and check, then double check, everything. So let’s go over the new site check list.
New Site Check List Pre-Launch Testing
Backup Content from Existing Site
This step may not be necessary for every site. It depends if you’re using the same content and photos or if you even have a previous site to back up. However if you have an existing website it’s going to die after the new site is launched never to be seen again! So it’s a good idea to create a word document with all the content as a backup. It’s just a matter of a simple copy and paste and saving images.
The number one problem on most websites before launch is all spelling and grammar. We’re all human after all. The copy writer might have written it flawlessly but then the designer accidentally messed it up. Or perhaps the developer jumbled up some words while copying and pasting onto the site. It could have also been the project manager’s fault while editing the site. There are so many hands that a website goes through and it’s absolutely necessary that copy is checked.
The person who worked on the site the most should probably not proofread it since they’ve been staring at it for weeks most likely. It would be best to send the website link to a copy editor and have them proofread all the content on the site, looking specifically for:
• Spelling errors
• Grammar errors
This is also a common issue. When building a site you might not have all the links from the time you build the page so you say you’ll go back and link that text or button later and never do. Have someone “troll” the site and click on every linked word, navigation option, button, etc. and make sure it goes not only to a page but the correct page. It’s also suggested that links to external websites open up in a new tab or window.
The next test is to look through the website in every single browser type. It’s common for a website to look fine in Google Chrome and be distorted somehow in Internet Explored. For one reason or another, a website can look different so make sure you check in all browsers.
• Google Chrome
• Internet Explorer
In addition to the browser testing it’s important you test for all screen sizes as well. There are so many problems that can occur with responsiveness because there are so many various screen sizes these days. The first step would be to take your browser and scaling it down smaller and smaller. If you see any layout issues as you’re doing that, take a screen shot and send it to a developer to fix.
The main device sizes you should look over are below:
• Large iMac screens
New Site Check List Post-Launch Testing
Once you launch there’s still things to check on. A lot of the time there will be links that no longer work due to redirect issues. So do a quick round of testing on each browser and a couple mobile devices using an emulator such as http://quirktools.com/screenfly/. And, for more information and professional assistance, you can always seek Stress Free Media consultation. It’s important to also test the opt-in and contact us forms again.