You made your Blogger blog and you’re very happy because you realised you’ve done it, you’ve taken the best decision of your bussines plan.
So what you will do next? This is a question that reminds you that you are only at the beginning, so you have to do a lot to fulfil your dreams.
The first thing you have to do now is to launch a web site, as difficult it appears.
How to launch a Web site?
Launching (or re-launching) a Web site might be a complicated process, but you shouldn’t rush through it. Take your time and find problems before you post your site! The next list I recommend to you about 10 potential problem areas will help you launch your site with confidence.
This particular checklist focuses on the technical issues that many beginning webmasters don’t consider before launching their sites.
So here are the 10 potential proplem areas that you need to know before you post your site:
1. Understand what your getting from your Web host. Investigate your prospective host carefully before you sign up for service.
- Know the monthly bandwidth limits;
- Know the cost for extra bandwidth each month;
- Read and understand the Terms of Service (TOS) guidelines;
- Verify the amount of server storage allowed;
- Understand the policy regarding CGI scripts;
- Verify database access and ecommerce shopping cart access;
- Confirm your access to server logs.
2. Check your page load speed: Up to 50% of Internet users In urban areas may have broadband connections and the broadband market is growing quickly. Even so, keep your dial-up users in mind when creating Web pages. European users are particularly sensitive to download time, because many pay per minute for Internet access!
- Home page downloads within 10 seconds or less;
- Internal pages download within 15 seconds or less.
3. Let users contact you. Page contact information (email, street address, and phone numbers) is an important component of Web site credibility.
- Contact link to the webmaster at bottom of every page;
- “Contact Us” page with mailto links or contact form;
- Mail to links structured to hide email addresses from email spiders;
- Street address and phone number on “Contact Us” page.
4. Test pages at different screen resolutions. As monitors get bigger, visitors’ preferred screen resolution changes too. Here is a list of screen resolutions which you can choose from it:
5. Check page display in all browsers and operating systems. Web page display often varies widely between browsers. Page display may also change between different versions of the same browser! You can choose from:
6. Correct all spelling and grammar errors.
- Check for the spelling errors;
- All contact information is correct. Verify all phone numbers and email addresses;
- Consider international differences in spelling and grammar.
7. Verify all hyperlinks. Nothing frustrates visitors like broken links, yet many sites contain them. Verify your links using HTML Toolbox’s tool before you launch and after every change to the site.
- Every link on your navigation system is verified on every page. Checking this is easier if you use Server Side Includes (SSI) to manage duplicate page elements;
- Verify all internal text links;
- Mailto links have email addresses spelled correctly;
- External links (links to other Web sites) are still valid.You can’t control what other webmasters do, so check your external link accuracy often using HTML Toolbox;
- Use the TARGET attribute to control the number of browser windows opened by external links.
8. Give all users access to important content. Don’t worry about repeating yourself on your Web site – particularly if you have important Web content inside multimedia or image files. Without duplication, that content will be hidden from search engine spiders and even some human visitors.
- Modify multimedia files to make content accessible;
- Pages with dynamic menu systems have alternate text links;
- Plug-ins are not required to view the site;
9. Create a custom error page. Without a custom error page, visitors get the standard 404 error that begins with the generic “File Not Found” message. A custom error page gives visitors useful information and helps keep them from leaving your site in frustration.
- Test your custom 404 page by entering bad URLs into the browser address bar;
- Custom 404 page includes a link back to the home page or the previous page;
- Allow visitors to easily report broken links.
10. Usability testing is complete and problems corrected. Get real human visitors and invite them to try and break your site! Usability testing it the only reliable way to uncover usability problems before your visitors complain.