Launching a website online can be a very critical job to do. There is so much to consider that there is a fair chance of missing something during the launch. The easiest way to keep check on all the errands is to prepare a checklist through which you can easily figure out the tasks to complete and check. We have compiled a checklist for you after our experiences throughout the years while launching the websites. This checklist will save your time and will prepare you for a successful launch of your website online.
1. STRENGTHENING THE SECURITY
Security and safekeeping of your website and your content should be the first priority when you are ready to launch your website online. Website security is all covered with the help of various tools and plugins present on the WordPress such as Wordfence, iThemes Security and MalCare. These provide extensive security and protection to your hard work from crooked individuals such as hackers.
2. PROTECTION AGAINST SPAMMING
Spamming can be very annoying and irritation aspect of your popular website. However this can be avoided with the Installation of certain plugins such as Antispam Bee. It will help you to combat and avoid the annoying and useless spams.
3. CONSTRUCT SEO PLUGIN
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is as necessary as creating a website. Imagine a wbsite which is beautifully built having all the options, functions and content but lacks the visitors and is hard to find online by the search engines? It can be very disappointing factor. If your website is Search Engine Friendly, search engines like google send you many people. Websites made on WordPress are already very search engine friendly but this can further be improved by plugins such as Yoast SEO. These plugins can help adding a sitemap for your website, Meta tags, titles, description of pages and so much more.
4. ADDITION OF GOOGLE ANALYTICS CODE
Google Analytics Code helps you to see and determine that how many people are visiting your website, what browsers they are using, which pages they have visited and how longer they have stayed on your website. It is very necessary to have the knowledge of how many people see your content and what are they most interested in. To help gather all such important information you should create a Google Analytics account and add the relevant code to your website to ensure everything is being tracked.
5. ADDING SOCIAL SHARE IMAGES
Most SEO plugins helps with the Social Share Images of your website. This is the image or the piece of your website when it is shared on the Social Media.
6. PERMIT SEARCH ENGINE INDEXING
Usually the search engine indexing is turned off during the preparation of the website. However when the website is ready to be launched it is very necessary to turn on the Search Engine Indexing if you want your website to be listed on Google.
7. SUBMISSION OF WEBSITE TO GOOGLE
Who wouldn’t want their website listed on the largest search Engine Google?
Well when your website is ready to be launched you might want google to peep in and look at your hard work. Simple search Submit URL to google and input your website address. It will take few days but your website will be listed on google.
8. ASSESSMENT OF CROSS BROWSER COMPATIBILITY
It is very important for your website to be compatible with as many browsers as possible. Many tools are available which helps you to determine that how your work is presented to different people all over the world. Some of them are Browserling, CrossBrowserTesting and many more.
9. TESTING OF YOUR WEBSITE ON MULTIPLE DEVICES
Just like testing for the cross browser compatibility, it is equally necessary to test your website on multiple devices. Here again plugins like Browsershots can be extremely valuable as they produce and display screenshots of how a website looks on multiple browsers and devices. Also it is recommended to personally check your website on multiple touch devices.
10. CHECKING BROKEN LINKS
After the development of the website it is necessary to check all the links because during the developmental process the links are continuously changed. Some important plugins like Broken Link Checker for WordPress or use one of the many free and tools like Xenu. Google Chrome extensions such as Broken Link Checker and Link Miner can also be used.
11. ENHANCING PICTURES ON THE WEBSITE
Pictures and images makes your website very beautiful and attractive. However it can also be the reason of slow loading of the page. Image enhancers and optimizers can be used to reduce the pixels and size of the larger images to make it easy to load. Plugins like ShortPixel, EWWW Image Optimizer can really aid in this regard.
12. SPELLING AND GRAMMAR CHECK
A very bad image is created if the spellings and grammar of your content is incorrect on the website. However it is necessary to read and reread everything before launching your website but humans van also make errors. For this purpose here are a few tools that will help you with this:
Web-page Spell Check Extension for Chrome, Grammarly and Spell Check Request
13. CHECKING OF TIME ZONE SETTINGS
Time and date settings can be set by the General Settings in the Admin area. Formats can also be changed.
14. ELIMINATION OF UNWANTED PLUGINS AND PAGES
Throughout the developing process of the website certain plugins and options are added and removed. However after the completion it is necessary to check all the plugins and keep only which are necessary. Similarly several pages are added during the developmental process and unwanted ones are needed to be removed before the launch of website.
15. CHECK PERFORMANCE
After the development of a beautiful and innovative website it is very necessary for it to run smoothly. We can use some free services like GT Metrix or Website Speed Tests to recognize any parts that are triggering your website to flounder and disappoint.
16. BACKING UP THE WEBSITE
To avoid the any unwanted issue after the launch it is highly recommended to fully backup your website. Technical issues can happen at any stage even with the most professional people. Backup can save you the trouble to do it all over. Usage of plugins like UpdraftPlus, WP Time Capsule or BlogVault to set up automated, remote backups of your websites.
These are some points which you can consider before the launch of your website. Furthermore one can ask the help of friends and family to review your website and give suggestions. Keep tuned for more tips.