You’ve designed a website, content has been added, and you think everything else is good to go. The next step for you to take is making your website live. But is it truly ready? When launching a website you can often forget and over overlook a number of things due to eagerness and excitement. This is when a checklist becomes extremely vital it making sure all the final touches are in order when it comes time to the big announcement.
For those who are just starting out or who are simply not sure what to include on their site and what to look for, here is a good starting point to get you on the right track:
1. Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation
This is going to be extremely vital and your number one priority right off the bat. Regardless what your website is about, the content you’ve added, etc. everything must be spelt correctly and formatted properly. There is nothing worse then going to someone’s blog or website and you stumble upon a ton of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
If you’re not great with spelling or grammar, ask a friend or family member to proofread your post and content before you go live.
A extremely vital and important step for any website or blog to function is forms. Fill out the forms on your site and go through this mental checklist when doing so:
– Does this make sense?
– Are the instructions clear and accurate?
– Can my audience engage and contact me correctly?
– Does this completed form get sent to the right person or people?
– Does it flow and is it cohesive?
The forms that should be complete prior to launch is your, contact page, a disclaimer, your about me page, and any other areas your views or readers will want to contact you from.
The context for your site is all going to be about visualizing and how you see your page function and its readability. You are going to want to have a keen eye to detail when it comes to this, and I’d recommend getting a few other eyes to take a look to make sure everything is appealing and makes sense.
When going through your site take note of these key things:
– Why would someone visit your page?
– Is the content clear and ready for someone to view (in the state it’s currently in)?
– Does this engage your audience?
– Is your message coming across?
– Can viewers read your content clearly via desktop, mobile, tablet, etc.?
4. Social Media Management & Integration
Social media is huge this day and age and it goes without saying that it plays a big factor in promoting and showcasing your business, website, blog, etc. Make sure that your social media icons on your site first and foremost go to the correct pages – or there’s no point on having them up in the first place.
Next you need to ask yourself if you have the right buttons and social plugins installed correctly for what you are trying to accomplish and how they are going to be used. (For example, can you add an image to Pinterest, do you have a share page versus a ‘like’ on Facebook). These things matter and will make a big difference long term for your website’s activity.
The main social media icons you should include are: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn. (There are others too, these are just some key ones that are vital).
Last but not least – images – the visuals and pop to your site! Without images you may as well just shut down your site because it’s all going to be a big blur or words. It’s vital to make sure that all display text renders on the image when you hover over it (the alt attribute).
Adding images may seem like the simplest task to do – but can pose to be one of the trickiest. They need to be the correct size/dimension (thumbnail, medium, large) and flow with the layout of your page and overall theme.
Prior to launching make sure you have enough images to cohesively piece together all your content and make sure you have a few posts up before so it doesn’t look so blank.