Validating your website after development is essential to avoid several problems in the future. Indeed, the development of a website goes beyond design and integration. There are things like security, browser compatibility, or even performance that you shouldn’t overlook. In this article, we will first see why you must validate your website before going live. Next, we’ll see the items you need to validate. Finally, I will provide you with some validation tools available online.
Why validate your website before going live?
The validation process is only normal. Indeed, whatever the expertise of your developer or agency, some elements may escape its validation. Therefore, having an external view can help to fix the gaps. Below are some advantages of validation.
Minimize security breaches
We are never safe from attacks on the net. To this end, being aware of the risks and taking measures to mitigate them is a plus.
In this case, validating that your site passes a fair amount of security testing can improve the site.
Make sure that your site is accessible on all modern browsers.
Each developer uses a browser for development. And it is not excluded that a site which works perfectly on Chrome, a bug on Safari or Firefox. It would be best if you took the time to validate your site on all browsers to avoid losing potential customers.
Validate your website on all types of screens
Your site can be easy to navigate on a large screen and difficult to access on a tablet or mobile.
If you didn’t know, over 65% of people would browse on a phone or tablet. Therefore, not considering this segmentation can be a huge risk.
Make sure that your website has a low enough load time regardless of the type of device.
Performance and load time are factors that influence the bounce rate.
A bounce rate is the percentage of people who leave your site without going to another page. The higher this rate, the more you lose in positioning on the net. Indeed, search engines assume that if visitors do not go to another page once on your site, it is simply because you have nothing of interest.
Elements to validate on its website.
The previous section already gives you an idea of the elements to validate. We will not come back to its elements in a more explicit way.
The security of your website.
You need to check that your website is secure enough to upload. Here are some points to keep in mind.
The confidentiality of your customers’ data
If you have a transactional website (with registration forms or online payments), you need to consider privacy. To achieve this, install an SSL certificate to encrypt communications.
Several browsers, such as Chrome, started to display the message “insecure” on the URL of sites without SSL.
Protect forms on your site against spam
Several malicious developers use automatic codes to search for forms on websites. When they find one, they send data without being physically present. You can overcome this by using a Captcha.
A captcha is a program that detects whether the person filling out the form is a person/robot. And block that send if it is not a natural person.