10 Step Website Checkup

Website Checkup

Last Updated March 23, 2022

If you’re going on a big driving trip you’ll probably check your car over before you start.  Is there gas?  How do the tires look?  Do the windows need to be cleaned?

How long has it been since you gave your website a similar checkup?

Giving your website regular checkups is important as it’s often the first thing that people see when researching businesses.

Here’s a list of ten items to review to make sure that your website is at its best.

  1. Take a look at the text on your website.  Be especially sure to check out your contact information, products, services and rates.  Is everything correct?  Have there been any changes that aren’t reflected in your website?
  2. Now, look at the information on your site from a customer’s viewpoint. Does the website easily get you the information that you need? Is it simple to contact you or place an order?
  3. Use the contact form to send yourself an email.  Is the form easy to use?    Do you get the emails or do they end up in your spam filter?
  4. If you have an online shopping cart, do a test buy.  Be sure to check the sales tax and shipping charges.
  5. How does your website look on mobile devices? Or if you always look at your site on your cell phone, take a look at it on a laptop.  Websites need to look good no matter what the device.
  6. Check your site for broken links.  I use this website’s free tool.
  7. Does your website’s software need to be updated?  Sites running out-of-date software are much more likely to be hacked.
  8. Are you using Google Analytics? If not, make this the year that you get a handle on your website traffic.  You need to be able to make informed decisions about your website and business based on solid information.
  9. Is your site HTTPS? Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a technology that allows visitors to communicate securely with the web server.  It’s a free benefit offered by many website hosts.  Also, it’s now expected that all websites are HTTPS.  If your site isn’t you’re losing visitors.
  10. Make sure your website files and database are being backed up. Many website hosts offer this as a free service.  Make sure that it’s getting done and that you have access to those backups if needed.

Let me know if you need help with anything on this list.  I’d be happy to help!

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