WEBSITE CHECKLIST

INTERNAL


PRE DESIGN

Do these things before starting to design a sample site.

  • Change built-in domain name (SETTINGS > DOMAINS). Make sure the word "sample" is in the domain name if it's a sample site.
  • Turn on Developer Mode after template is chosen (SETTINGS > ADVANCED > DEVELOPER MODE)
  • Enable Image metadata importing (SETTINGS > ADVANCED > IMAGE EXIF/IPTC IMPORTING)
  • Create a font reference page
  • Invite Yian as an Admin contributor
 

PRE REVIEW

Do these things before submitting a sample site to Yian for review

PRE SAMPLE STEPS

  • Make sure all steps of the PRE list above have been completed

LAYOUT

  • Make sure padding and margins around all elements looks natural and attractive.
  • Make sure there are no unnecessary spacer blocks, text spaces, and empty photo captions

TEXT + FONT

  • Make sure any Lorem Ipsum text on the home page begins with the words: "Throughout this site, placeholder text is used to show text shape"
  • Make sure all fonts are properly treated for size, letter spacing.
  • Make sure all fonts are properly treated for attractive line height. Make sure to check this on mobile.
  • Make sure padding and margins around all elements looks natural and attractive.

STYLING

  • Make sure all link and button colors have enough contrast agains their backgrounds.

IMAGES

  • Make sure the logo is a PNG (if it is overlaid on a banner). Convert it to PNG if necessary.
  • Make sure the focus points of all images are adjusted properly to show the best part of the photo.
  • Make sure all light-boxes have been set to the appropriate background color

QUALITY ASSURANCE

  • Make sure all links are working. Fix any broken ones as necessary.
  • Make sure site navigation looks natural at all screen widths. Adjust font size,  letter spacing, and line height where necessary.
  • Make sure all page layouts look natural on mobile

CSS

  • Make sure all standard CSS is installed
  • Make sure all template specific CSS is installed
  • Make sure all CSS code is accurately labeled with a // note

OTHER

  • Make sure that forms don't ask for last name unless Yian specified that a particular form should do so.
  • Make sure "This is a sample site created by House Digital" link is in footer
  • Make sure all links to external websites (such as links on the press page) are set as "open in new window"
  • Make sure all maps are properly positioned and zoomed for ideal default coverage.

ADMIN

  • Transfer ownership of site to Yian.
 

PRE LAUNCH

Do these these things before submitting a completed website to Yian for review

TEXT

  • Make sure content is typo free.

DESIGN

  • Upload Favicon
  • Upload social media logo

PLUGINS (IF NEEDED)

  • Make sure video plugin and accordion plugin are installed
  • Make sure Font Awesome library is installed

BLOGGING

  • Enable comments if desired by client
  • Enable AMP (SETTINGS > BLOGGING)

CONNECTED ACCOUNTS

  • Connect real social media accounts
  • Make sure all forms are directed to correct email address, Mailchimp account, or Google Sheets
  • Set email to which system notifications will be received (SETTINGS > NOTIFICATIONS

SEO

  • Enter site description
  • Enter meta descriptions for each page
  • Submit URL mappings as necessary (SETTINGS > ADVANCED > URL MAPPINGS)
  • Enter ALT tags for all images.

CONNECT HOSTING

  • Lead client through setting up hosting payment

CONNECT DOMAIN NAME

  • Connect domain name to new site

ANALYTICS

  • Submit sitemap to Google Search Console. Consult Yian to make sure this gets done.
  • Connect Google Analytics code (SETTINGS > ADVANCED > EXTERNAL SERVICES). Consult Yian to make sure this gets done.

OTHER CONFIGURATIONS

  • Create 404 error page and connect it (SETTINGS > ADVANCED > 404 ERROR)
  • Make sure "www" is turned off (SETTINGS > DOMAINS > click on the 3rd party domain)
  • Disable site-wide password if necessary (SETTINGS > SECURITY & SSL)

E-COMMERCE (IF NEEDED)

  • Make sure payment methods (stripe, paypal) are set up (SETTINGS > PAYMENTS)
  • Connect Mailchimp form at checkout if desired by client (SETTINGS > CHECKOUT)
  • Paste terms of service into field to appear at checkout (SETTINGS > CHECKOUT)
  • Customize payment confirmation message for "order confirmed", "order fulfilled", and "order refunded" if desired (SETTINGS > NOTIFICATIONS)

PORTFOLIO

  • Create a mockup for the House Digital portfolio. View instructions in the graphic design section of knowledgebase page.