5 Things to Check Before Going Live With a New Website

5 Things to Check Before Going Live With a New Website

Could it be said that you are website to send off your WordPress site? To assist with making it a triumph, we made this helpful site send off agenda to guarantee a smooth send off when you unveil your site.

We’ll cover all that, from editing to testing execution. And, while some of these pointers may appear to be a little basic, that is somewhat the point! We must assist you in ensuring that you did not unintentionally overlook some minor, but significant, aspect of your website.

1. Check for little errors

Don’t make the mistake of having a typo on a key page. Take a few minutes and go back and proofread as much content as possible. Also, look for other little issues with audio files, videos, or dummy text:

  • Content should be easy to read – font size, short sentences, bullet points, lots of white space
  • Images must be optimized, properly labeled and have alt text
  • Audio and video files need to work properly

2. Set up Google Analytics

When you launch a site, you might want to track its traffic and learn about your audience. With Google Analytics, you can monitor:

  • the general profiles of your visitors
  • what devices visitors use
  • your most popular pages, posts, and products
  • user behavior and engagement
  • conversion rates
  • how marketing campaigns perform
  • how fast your site loads
  • the sources of traffic
  • a lot more data

To benefit from all this data, you need to set up Google Analytics on your website. This post offers a few different methods to integrate Google Analytics with WordPress and teaches you how to implement every method.

3. Test your site’s usability

Check that all functional aspects of the website work as intended. Usability is important for conversions as well as for overall SEO. Most importantly, you need to look at each element on your website just as a visitor would.

  • Ensure that images are optimized for speed
  • In particular, test all call-to-action forms and contact forms
  • On a multi-user site, check the login procedure, roles, and credentials
  • Check out overall experience through the eyes of a user consuming content on the website
  • In case you’ve put autoresponders in place, make sure they respond as you intended
  • If your website is going to accept payments, do a test run of each step in the purchase/payment process, including the success page redirect. This includes downloads, sign-ups, shopping cart functions, payment processing, email notifications, buttons, and links

4. Check for mobile-friendliness

Testing for compatibility with mobile devices is now an essential part of any website launch checklist, given Google’s focus on mobile-first indexing. Consequently, your website must be mobile-friendly, and just as functional and pleasing on mobiles as it is on desktops.

In other words, text should be easy to read on mobile devices, content should be the same on both versions of your website, navigation is easy, buttons have proper spacing, etc.

Google's mobile friendly speed test
Google Mobile Friendly Test Screenshot

Fortunately, you can use Google’s own tool, Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test to test these aspects.

5. Take care of the boring legal stuff

Truly, this is the most boring part of our website launch checklist. However, it’s necessary if you don’t want to get into legal issues later.

  • Take care that required licenses are in place for images, fonts, plugins, etc.
  • Consider including a ‘Terms of Service’ to explain your services in detail. Auto Terms of Service and Privacy Policy can help you get started with this
  • In case your website is an ecommerce store or deals with money in any way, you should add a comprehensive ‘Terms and Conditions’ section
  • If you’re collecting data, it’s comforting to users if your Privacy Policy reassures them that their personal details are in good hands. Compliance with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is necessary, too.
  • A cookie warning is a legal requirement in many jurisdictions, so take care to include one
  • Check out the legal requirements in different geographies for age verification, consent requirements, credit card processing and more.
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