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Quality Control For Your Website

When you're building websites it can be easy to get in the habit of taking the easy way out and using elements that make sense to you. The only problem is that often users won't think the same way as you. You've invested a lot of time and work into a site, but before you do anything with it you need to sit back and do some quality control.

It's your site so one of the best things you can do is get some fresh eyes on it. Ask coworkers to sit down and look through it. Have them give impressions of the design, mistakes in the content, test links, and overall test how easy the site is to navigate and use. They may find some obvious things that you missed because you were too close to the project.

Another useful quality control is to act like you're the user, or even find someone who would be a typical user, and see how the site looks from an outsider's point of view. The usage of certain words, colors, and even special effects might make complete sense to you, or someone well versed in web design and web programming, but will it make sense to a normal user? Get a feel for how each element looks and acts, and whether they might cause confusion or look just plain look terrible. Make sure every aspect of the site is touched including signing up, logging in, anything that it is possible for a user to do, just to make sure it works, it makes sense, and it looks good.


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