12 Web Development Checklists Every Team Should Keep Handy
A website when build should be attractive, meet the goals of businesses, and be easy to handle. There are various factors that help in keeping it successful. A comprehensive web development checklist can help in delivering a better final product. A checklist is a list that keeps track of items required in order to complete a task given and it can be served as a tool to get the task done in an efficient way.
So, here are the 12 checklists every web team or developer should follow to build a catchy website.
1. The CSS (Cascading Style Sheet)
A website only catches someone’s attention when the CSS is applied in a novel way. It helps in navigating at a good pace. The more attractive a webpage looks, the more customers it gathers. The colors, height, width, header, footer, and everything can be divided using CSS. Not only CSS makes a website look attractive, but also keeps everything aligned, in position so as to not get confused with the flow. Applying proper CSS to a website increases the number of views and helps in ranking the website on the top. Imagine, content without color and background would seem like a black and white movie. Ultimately, good usage of CSS brings life to your website.
2. The Front-End / UI
The front-end can be built using frameworks like React, Angular, and Vue. Also, the speed of the website should be at max because the faster is the speed of the website, the better results it gives. Make sure that each web page work on all devices like computers, mobile phones, tablets. The website should be functional and also scale-able. Thus, the performance is all that matters in the front-end.
3. The Back-End
The back-end is all about data stored at the backside which is not visible to users. Front-end fetches everything from the back-end in order to display it to browsers. The data should be secured enough, following all the protocols given. Preventive measures to avoid data leakage, breaches, and all kind of issues should be taken. A major cyber-attack could happen with improper backend infrastructure.
The back end is the admin side of the website. The three things back-end relies on are:
a) Server: It handles all the incoming requests and responds to actions thus sending the right information.
b) Application: It helps servers to understand the incoming requests and converts them into usages. It understands the logic and serves as a mediator between the front-end and back-end.
c) Database: It stores different types of data on a machine. It is used as a building block of any website.
4. Deployment and Performance
Deployment refers to moving a website from the local environment to live servers. The deployment team should check the average time a page takes to load which could be less than 4 seconds or else it could give an adverse effect on viewership. When the website gains traffic i.e., more users are viewing it, it should not hang or remain unloaded. These are the basic things that need to be taken care of when deploying a website. It should also contain content relevant to it. All the links to the webpage are functional.
Security is the major concern in any website. There is more number of services by that website where there is no security threat, where customers can trust, and which in return leads to business growth. Two major checks are required:
a) Secured Socket Layer(SSL): It is a must if one’s website takes sensitive user data as an input like banking/credit card details.
b) An anti-malware: It solves threats and also protects from malware attacks and viruses.
6. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
The website is ranked by the quality and quantity of content and keywords. The organic search which is unpaid contains keywords and is ranked by the views. Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) show all the websites when you search a keyword related to it. The website should contain all the required elements in order to get on top of SERPs. A good website helps in building a marketing strategy and can rank well. The content shouldn’t be copied from somewhere (plagiarism). To conclude, SEO plays an important role in a website’s growth. Adding description and title (meta tags) improves website ranking and increases SEO score.
7. Readable & Elements
All the contents in a webpage should be readable and each word should be understandable. Also, check on grammatical errors before the launch of the website. Adjusting the font style and size makes it easy to read. The content should be original and not copied which urges customers to read it to see the quality. The content shouldn’t be boring which keeps viewers engaged. Several elements are needed to take care of while building a website: content, forms, lists, color, images, tables, headings. All the elements should be in place and as per requirement.
8. Testing on Browsers & Proof-Reading
Render websites on different browsers like Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc. Testing the website on different browsers makes it easy for customers. Proofreading is a must in every process. It checks everything related to content such as grammatical errors, statements which gives a clear understanding of the content. Also, it should be easy to understand.
In order to increase traffic, the website should be mobile responsive. Also, it should work on other devices such as laptops, tablets, etc.. as well. Responsive in all the senses like speed to load content, resizing, shrinking, hiding, enlarging a website. Images should also be responsive. The line <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0″> gives instructions to the browsers to control dimension and scaling.
10. Clean Design & Usable
Creating a clean and effective website attracts viewers which ranks the website on the top which brings business. It increases the brand value. Thus, bring a positive response from the viewer end. The website must contain each element or feature needed by the viewers. All the sections like layout, contact us, interaction, sharing to social media, etc should be on a website. The content provided should be usable and informative to catch the viewer’s interest.
11. Domain Name
This is the entry point of the website. Hence, it should be catchy and of customer’s interest. The domain name should be short and easy to pronounce. It should be something with which customers may get an idea of what it is talking about.
12. Launch Checklist
This is a final checklist before launching a website so as to see if there are any requirements not fulfilled which includes HTML and CSS validity, navigations, contents, and links test.