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How to test your website

A very important aspect in order for your site to make a good impression to your visitor as well as gain his trust is, before going live, to test your site thoroughly and make sure that it is bug-free and looks and feels exactly like you and your visitor would expect it to.

Testing should mainly be done locally on your machine. Once your code is uploaded to the Web Server, testing should also occur there as well.

The testing phase will:

  • Ensure that your website is bug-free
  • Allow you to possibly re-visit design as well as build decisions you have taken in previous steps, tweak and fine-tune your site

Therefore, the three steps Design, Build and Test are linked together:

Design, Build and Test loop

Functionality testing

Verify the functionality of all of your site's web pages, by:

  • Loading each one of your site's web pages on your browser
  • Reading all of your content on each web page (all main content text as well as menu item descriptions, footer notes, header notes, etc.)
  • Clicking on all links on the page and verifying that they lead to the correct destination page

Browser compatibility testing

As you already know by now, not all browsers treat HTML and CSS exactly the same way. You also know that in order to satisfy the majority of your visitors, you need to make sure that your site looks and feels the same at least for the main browsers we mentioned during the checklist section of Step1 (Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari and Opera).

Repeat what you did during the functionality testing for each of these browsers. That means that you must have installed the browsers on your machine.

Now that you have tested your site locally, you are ready to go live with your site!

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