Mistake 6: Ignoring website security
Most of the people often carry this thought that what anyone will get by hacking their website, so they never attention to the security of their website. But the truth is Hacking is a number game, most hackers leverage their tools to affect a large number of websites. They may try to:
- Get access to your sensitive data
- Infect the computer/laptops of the users visiting your site.
- Amuse themselves
If your website is hacked, you may face serious consequences based upon what hackers have done to your site.
For example, if they hack to spread a virus, Google will highlight your website in the search results as a security risk that any user should avoid. Google may de-index your site also.
If they hack your site to embed/attach links, Google may issue you a manual penalty for unnatural links. Even after removing those links, the penalty may last for some time. In most of the cases the penalty lasts for such a long time that starting a new domain seems easy at that point of time.
So How to protect our site?
It’s impossible to secure your website completely. if it’s online, it’s hackable. That’s why National Security websites aren’t connected to the internet.
Hackers always look for easy targets, so make sure to make yourself not the one. They won’t waste much of their effort and will move on to the next one.
Now, you can secure website by the following steps:
- Minimize the use of plugins.
- Don’t ever use the default username.
- Limit login attempts
- Keep WordPress core up to date.
Mistake 7: Failing to test mission-critical elements
If any Part of your site is not accessible, it becomes useless. Even if you are starting your website from the initial stage or redesigning, it’s very important to test your mission-critical elements. Because, if your website is failing to deliver the determined goal, it becomes useless.
- Contact Forms – If you are using wordpress, there are several of plugins regarding the Contact form, but first, you have to choose which one fits according to your needs. And then Check all the settings and see if all the recipients receive the messages with all the information in a properly formatted manner.
- Crawl Settings – In the time of development, make sure to block the Search engine bots in order to avoid the duplicate content issues. But after going live on the server, you also need to make sure that no element of your site is blocked for the bots to read.
- E-Commerce– the most common issue an E-commerce site faces lies in the transaction processes. So if we are into the Ecomm industry, we should run few test transactions to make sure your website is User-friendly.
Mistake 8: No Cross check of the final launch checklist
There are ‘n’ numbers of task within a project of a website and to make sure that we aren’t skipping any of it. A final checklist is a must thing to have with you.
There are professional who have been on the top of the industry and the reason they defined is that they always cross-check their checklist before final submission.
Here are something you can check in your final web design checklist:
- Valid HTML/CSS
- Cross browser compatibility
- Tested on multiple devices
- Menu display and functionality
- Broken links
- 301 redirects
- Missing pages / 404 errors
- WordPress crawl settings
- Page speed
- Responsive design
- Forms (Contact forms, email subscription forms, etc.)
- Ecommerce functionality
- Social sharing buttons
- Interactive elements
- Meta descriptions
- Alt attributes
- Google Search Console / Bing Webmaster Tools
- Remarketing tag / Facebook pixel