As you are reading this post, I am pretty sure you are going launch a new website or going to check the options are missing on your site. This article “site pre-launch checklist” will assist on your web journey.
I love WordPress. That’s the reason this pre-launch checklist of a site is based on WordPress. This list is my personal list. You can add or remove any points according to your demand.
Website Pre-launch Checklist[wpsm_numhead num=”1″ style=”4″ heading=”3″]Database Security[/wpsm_numhead] Security is the prime concern of your website. Your great website will be destroyed if the security level is low. So the very first thing of security is to secure your database. To make it secure
a)Database Name, User Name, and Password: These should be different from website name or brand name. Keep your password safe.
B)Database prefix: By default, WordPress sets database prefix as “Wp_.” I will recommend changing the database prefix
Make sure that your website is compatible with different browser e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.One can quickly check the browser compatibility through the following free tool.
Browser Compatibility Checker: browsershots.org
While checking browser compatibility, don’t forget to check your fonts, images, etc.[wpsm_numhead num=”5″ style=”4″ heading=”3″]Cross Device Functionality[/wpsm_numhead]
Your website must be functional in the different device like desktop, mobile, etc. People around the world visit your site through various devices, screen size. So before going for launching site cross-device functionality must be checked.
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- Logo Position
- Color Combination
- Navigation menu
Don’t forget to ask your friends to judge your site.[wpsm_numhead num=”6″ style=”4″ heading=”3″]Validation and Mark up[/wpsm_numhead] You must know, one of the ranking factors of Google is W3 Validation and schema markup. Google likes structure data. It helps to provide the rich snippet. W3C validation totally depends on the coding style.
Google structured data testing tools provide the information about your structure data. To use advanced markup for my website, I love JSON-LD Plugin.
[wpsm_numhead num=”7″ style=”4″ heading=”3″]Check AMP [/wpsm_numhead] In recent Google updates, AMP is now of the high ranking factors. So before launching your website, check whether it is AMP compatible or not.
Excellent navigational is system is part and parcel of a website. Think about a post. If you can reach the position within three clicks indicates you have a good navigational system. Otherwise, re-think about your navigational plan.[wpsm_numhead num=”9″ style=”4″ heading=”3″]Optimize Images[/wpsm_numhead] Images and Rich Medias are relevant for your site. But improper optimization can make the site slow. It is recommended to optimize your images for your website. I prefer two ways of optimization.
a) Manual Optimization: Open your picture in Photoshop. Resize it. Then save it for the web.
b) Using Plugin: There are many plugins to optimize photos. Among them, I like Wp Smush plugin. [wpsm_numhead num=”10″ style=”4″ heading=”3″]Optimizing Speed[/wpsm_numhead] The website is speed is more important than several other factors. The more speed, the more visitors. Test your site on Pingdom Tools, G Matrix, and Google Speed Checker. Try to make the highest score on Google speed checker.
The Following factors you may consider to speed up your site.
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- Leverage browser cache
- Compressed your site
- Enable Gzip
- Minify HTML, CSS and JS
The recommended plugins are
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- Wp- Rocket Or Fastest Wp-Cache
- Check robot text file
- Add analytics to trace
- Submit your website for Search Engine
- Submit sitemap
- Set preferred domain
- Set Targeting Country
- Add Social Cards for Rich Snippet
- Verify your identity
- Check Url Structure
- Content Structure
- Check Meta
Thank you very much for your patience.
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