When we develop websites we worked hard to create a beautiful design and worry about generating a navigation structure easy to understand and use for users, but often neglect some important details, especially when putting our website online .
Personally, I have always prepared to provide details on a checklist and I care to apply to each project. Take a few extra minutes to perform all the necessary checks, but it all worthwhile.
1. Validate the HTML
Validate the HTML of our website is a very simple task that will help you avoid headaches. Havevalid HTML stands for that we will have a quality site that looks fine on any modern browser and it will be much more attractive to search engines when indexing.
W3C provides us with the Markup Validation Service , an excellent tool to perform this simple task. There are also extensions for different browsers to automate the validation process.
2. Testing in multiple browsers
After validating the code of our site we can see that actually looks great and works fine from any browser , otherwise, we have the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments.
Although generally tend to have the latest major browsers installed on our machines, it is almost impossible to have all versions of every browser to run this test. Fortunately there are tools like Browsershots to make us work much easier.
3. Check mobile navigation
It is increasingly common surf the net using mobile phones and tablets, resulting in devices with different resolutions and screen sizes that ultimately result in thousands of ways to display a web page.
It is now very common to find sites with versions specifically designed for viewing from mobile devices. To find out if yours fits the requirements of the mobile world can use W3C mobileOK Checker .
4. Set up a 404 page
As you must know, pages 404 error appear when a user tries to access a page that does not exist on the server. Some do not give much importance to these error pages, but the truth is that we can them out something useful.
Leave a funny message and add links to other web-site useful to the user, are usually good ways to take advantage of the 404 errors . On the Internet you can find many creative examples of this.
5.Crear a Sitemap
This is a task of great importance, is also curiously one that we miss more often. A well-crafted Sitemap search engine provides a clear structure of our website and provides a safe way to get to places that for various reasons do not reach through the normal process of tracking, for example, pages that are linked from the menu .
Generate a Sitemap is an uncomplicated task and there are many tools available to create them automatically.
6. Upload a favicon
It is perhaps the easiest task in the list and, although not vital to the operation of the site is extremely useful. If you are unfamiliar with the term, the favicon is that little image that is displayed next to the URL of your site in the browser address bar and is used by the latter to identify pages bookmarked by users.
The favicon gives some personality to the site in some way is the “brand” of your websiteas it helps users to quickly identify, especially when many tabs open in your browser.
7. Notify seekers
Although search engines are constantly crawling the web looking for new sites and fresh content, not a bad idea to send a notification that our there , especially when it comes to a new domain.
The procedure is extremely simple and do their own search engines offer a special page for this. Here are hints to make the links in Google and Bing
8. Setup Google Analytics
Although there are many tools for analyzing web sites, Google Analytics is one of the most complete and easy to configure.
Today its use is almost mandatory, however, is very common for giving priority to other tasks overlook configure script that will allow us to accurately track traffic to our websites.