Launching your website may be a very special occasion for you, but there are a few things that should be double-checked before releasing it to the public so that you don’t discover anything major is missing and has to be corrected right away. This will only create panic and all your happiness will go for a toss. In this post, we’ve provided you with a final checklist that you should complete before launching your website.
But before that, there is something more important, that needs to be kept in mind i.e., the Designing of Your Website.
Website design is one of the most important considerations when launching a website. Your site’s design must be perfected first before you can begin to think about content quality. You’d want your website’s visitors to have a positive experience while they’re on your site. Using these things will encourage your customers to return, helping you to grow your customer base. When your site is complete with all of the essential design elements, we can finally move on to the checklist for launching our website.
1. Review Everything :
Please make a point of thoroughly checking your website’s content to ensure that everything reads and functions as it should. Down to double-checking that your videos and photos are loaded properly after you’ve reviewed and re-proofread your whole page’s text and premium content. It’s also an excellent opportunity to check over your content strategy to see whether your keywords are being targeted across your site.
2. Functionality Check (Forms, Links, Social Sharing) :
Make sure that your form works, redirects to the relevant page, and is delivered to the appropriate individual, social media sharing, and the corporate logo going back to the homepage to ensure that everything is working as it should. Don’t take for granted that everything is working correctly.
3. Spelling and Grammar Consistency :
- Capitalization (especially of main headings)
- Tense/Style of writing
- Recurring/common phrases (e.g., ‘More about X’ links)
- Variations in words (e.g., Websites vs. Web Sites, or UK vs. US spelling)
- Treatment of bulleted lists (e.g., periods or commas at the end of each item)
- 4. Back up your site:
- Be careful to set up site security and frequently back up your site before launching it to avoid data loss. Having frequent backups of the website helps protect it from being corrupted in a virus attack. In addition, having a contingency plan provides you additional peace of mind if things go wrong.
- 6. Ensure your website is secure and includes an SSL certificate:By using an SSL certificate, you can assure that your website is protected and that hackers will not be able to capture any of your data. In addition, the fact that SSL is now a component of Google’s search ranking system will not only put your website visitors at rest, but it will also improve your website’s search engine optimization (SEO).The migration of your website to the new server is recommended if your website is safe and has an SSL certificate. If not, you should buy, set up, and install a new SSL certificate. This may take up to two weeks to be up and working, so allow yourself plenty of buffer time before the scheduled launch date.(Learn more about SSL here.)7. Test Your Forms:
Check that all of the forms on your website function correctly. Is it possible for someone to get an auto-response email after filling out your form? When a form is submitted, does the submitter get a thank-you page as a result? Is each form submission saved in a database as part of your website’s software? What does your analytics program say about the submission? Is it recorded as a convert or not? All of these questions should be considered and solved.
8. Mobile Device Testing:
You may utilize the responsive testing tools listed above to do preliminary mobile testing, but they are not without flaws and limitations. Using a manual loading method will allow you to view how your site appears on different mobile devices in its full glory. Make use of the phones and tablets owned by your family, friends, and coworkers to get a sense of how your site appears. If you see any issues, take pictures of their gadgets and forward them to yourself through email.
9. Page Redirection:
If you’re in the process of creating a replacement website, it’s possible that pages on the new website do not exist on the old website – and that the opposite is true as well. Occasionally, though, it is only a matter of the connection structure being different. No matter what the situation, it is critical to be comprehensive.
http://example.com/about-us is not the same as http://example.com/about_us.
10. Use proper formatting:
The pages and content on your website should not seem crowded. Use headers, subheadings, lists, and correctly structured and aligned pictures.
After ticking all of these,
Finally, the day of launch has come!
If you want a successful launch day, you’ll need to have everyone on their toes. Prepare for the possibility that anything may go wrong to be rectified as fast as possible. Then, using email, social media, public relations, and your blog, let people know about your website’s debut. 🙂