Designer finished the design, Developer themed, developed and integrated the site, Content added and the site is ready for launch? No, there are important and nessary things that need to be check before going live. here is a list of things the web developer must have to review before customer website on launch pad. this article will help you in the process of launching a website.
Favicon is also called short icon or website icon. its like branding the browser tab and helping the visitor in bookmarks. web designer can create favicon for your website. you can keep the favicon in the root directory of your website. some browser by default pick the favicon from website root directory but you can keep/include the following code in head section of your webpage.
<link rel="icon" type="image/x-icon" href="/favicon.ico" />
2: Meta Data and Title of the Website
Meta keywords and meta description are not more important for SEO now adays in major browsers, all major browser ignore this for SEO but its good practice to use in your webpage, beacuse google show this description in the search result detail. meta data need to be relevent to the content of the webpage.
<meta name="description" content="Get web application development, website designing, logo designing, website development, business application development services at optimal rates from Picky Web Design" />
Relevant Title of the page is the most important part of the website SEO and its also very important and helpfull for the site visitor to know what the website is all about. title must be change on every page of your website and relevent to your content and topic.
<title>Checklist Before Going Live your Website</title>
3: SEO Keywords Density
With out SEO i will say i can not survive, important step that need to be checked again and again because SEO is the backbone of your website. your online markting is based on seo and this can be achived if your website content is uniqe and relevant keywords. each page must have keywords density with relevency to the content of the website. google and major search engine can rank your site with the content that is visible to the visitors.
4: Cross Browser Checking
it is not imporatnt that the website must be pixel perfect before launching the website but it should be working properly on all major browsers. the most popular broweser the website need to be tested are IE 6, 7, 8, 9, Firefox 3, Safari 3, Google Chrome and Opera. there are a lot of cross browsers tools that you can test your website before the final launch.
5: Proof Reading
You have to review the content of the website again and if possible get some one else to review the content of the website. there must be something you will get and need to change. you can reduce the amount of text by keeping the content to be specific. keep simpel and easy content and make shorter the paragraph. use clear headings in the website and keep the headings consisten in website. try to use the bullets or listing in the content which is always helpfull for visitor while reading the content.
6: Links in the website
check all the links in the website. there are a lot of tools for checking the links in the website and will give u list of url if its found broken links. sometime you may forget the http:// for the links that are for external websites. make sure the logo of the website is link to the home page. Dont underline the text which is not a link it confuse the visitors
7: Graceful Degradation
8: W3C Validation:
you must check the XHTML validation and CSS validation. try to make the website valid and fix the issues if there are .. css hacks and different properties are not validatiing but you must check the xhtml for validation. it will increase the website seo also.
9: RSS Link:
RSS is used for website that are related to blog, media and news. using RSS user can subscribed to that and access the feeds easily. you can put RSS icon in the address bar of your browser.
this code can put in the head section of html
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Website/RSS title" href="feed-link" />
10. Google Analytic:
its really importan to know about the performance and statistics of your website. for this one need to have tool for this , but my fav is Google analytics. its easy to integrate in your website but very usefull.
Major search enginens using sitemap to index your website. add your sitemap.xml file to the root directory of the website.
there are different tool to generate sitemap of website automatically. for wordpress, you can install plugin of Google XML sitemaps. when you write new article or content, add the sitemap to google webmaster tool, this will tell for new updates to Google.