Whether you author a blog, own a website, are a web designer or are a web developer website testing is a must. This testing goes beyond initial testing when the blog or website is launched, it needs to be an on going maintenance task. ~ Web Page Mistakes with Solutions ~
Static HTML Website Testing
The above holds true for those who design and maintain hobby sites as well. If you have a static website, your site does not have to be on the server for you to test it in various browsers as well as at various resolutions. If you are using Expression Web and working in Design View, make sure you use the Preview in Browser (F12) feature. Don’t just check you site in your default browser. I check in three, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera. If you are using Expression Web 3.0, you have another option – SuperPreview.
Web Space Website Testing
Another way to test your site is to create a test area on your server space. It could be a subdomain you create or a folder/directory on your current site. Rather than password protecting the subdomain or directory, I use the robots.txt file to keep the search engines from indexing the site before I am ready for it to go live. Make sure you change this after the site is live.
Website Testing As the Website/Blog is Built
As you develop your site, there are things that should be tested as you work. They include:
- HTML Code Validation
- CSS Code Validation
- Screen Resolution
- Alt Attribute
- Correct Color Contrast
- Font Size
- Uncommon Font(s)
- Text Alignment
- Heading Hierarchy
- Browser Specific Design
- Custom Error Pages
- Website Navigation
- Search Engine Friendly Design
Read the full article Website Testing and make this a regular part of the web design process.