Before You Launch Your Website…

I love creating a new site. I like setting up the themes, adding new content, starting something fresh and new. All my old blogs suffer when I get the idea for something new. But then, I am in such a hurry to get the new site launched, that I skip some really basic checks.

I just read Smashing Magazine’s “15 Essential Checks Before Launching Your Website”, and it was a good reminder to me of all the really basic items you should check before doing a full launch of your website.

Sure some of the checks are pretty basic, like making sure that all your links work. Checking all your links can be a tedious, but necessary chore. You don’t want to frustrate your readers with links that go to nowhere, or worse, to an offensive site.

Another basic, and often overlooked check is proofreading for spelling and grammar. This one gets me all the time! Even though I have my spell checker on at all times… (there’s that squiggly red line again!) many mistakes still get by. Try reading your text backwards, or having someone else proofread for you.

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9 Responses to “Before You Launch Your Website…”

  1. Great info to start the day with. This has to be an ongoing process, I guess. One never can tell with links, sometimes.


    Vidya Sury
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  2. This post really helped me alot in making and launching of my own website, Thanks for your post.
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  3. I like setting up the themes, adding new content, starting something fresh and new, thaks for the post.
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  4. I am in the process of launching my website. I think the tips you have provided are awesome and very much helpful for me to cross check with my designers whether everything has been done. Great list of things to keep in mind.

  5. Thanks uploader, useful info – especially the “15 Essential Checks Before Launching Your Website” – good basic check list before i launched my website.

    cheers, h :)
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  6. proofreading says:

    Indeed, proofreading is important, you can hire a professional proofreader to proofread the content of your site.

  7. That is gorgeous.. The guide helps a lot especially when you’re a newbie and you want to learn things about websites.. Better check that checklist, it’ll help.. I also used that checklist..pretty useful :)
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  8. Mike says:

    A tip. If you are using content that you are unsure of it’s a good practice to run it through Copyscape to make sure it is original. Google likes fresh content.
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  9. One of the most important things to do before even registering domains would be to have clear plans. For example, it would be like a mistake launching a site and then beginning to think what it is going to be, a forum, profile, guest book or an even e-commerce portal.

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