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7 Things To Do Before You Launch Your Website
Not doing one will mean you could miss errors that will cost you traffic, faster ranking, and may leave your visitors with a bad taste in their mouth.
Here are 7 things that should be on that checklist 1.
Proofread and spelling Everyone seems to love going off and leaving nasty comments when things aren't spelt right especially on a website or blog.
Take the time before you launch your site to go over everything.
You also will want to take a look at your sites sentence structure to ensure it's easy to read.
Large paragraphs for example should be broken down into smaller ones to make it easier for your visitors to read your content.
Test your links Test each and every link on your site both inbound and outbound to make sure everything is pointing the right way.
With any outbound links check them every so often to make sure those sites still exist and to make sure that what you linked to is something you actually want to be linked to.
Domain names change hands all the time and what was once a reliable site could be turned into a gambling or adult site.
Cross browser test Your website might look and run perfect on your computer that's using Firefox, but it might look like crap on Internet Explorer.
Internet browsers don't display web pages in the exact same way, so you may find on certain browsers your content overlaps or certain features or buttons don't display.
You should check your new website on the following browsers a.
Google Chrome b.
Internet explorer 8 and 9 at the very least, but I also recommend if you can you check it on 7 as well.
Mobile devices such as Blackberry, I-phone, and Android 4.
Sitemap Sitemaps aid navigation not just for your visitors but the bots that will crawl your site as well.
You should ideally create two of them.
One will be for your visitors and displayed on your website with links pointing to every page.
The second will be an XML sitemap that you can submit to Google Webmaster Tools.
RSS Feed Not every website builder or provider has an RSS feed option but every website should have one.
It's an easy way for visitors who like your site to keep up to date when you post new content.
Fortunately you can create an RSS feed for free and there are many to choose from.
One I personally like is Rapid Feeds.
404 Page Not every site depending on where you build or host your site can create a 404 page, but if you can it's a good idea.
Instead of the plain boring error page, a customized 404 page can help direct visitors to other pages on your site 7.
Function Test Last but not least is a function test of your website.
This is where you go over every inch of your site one last time to make sure any and all bugs are removed.
This includes checking all forms, comment sections, share this buttons and everything else on your site a visitor might use.