Simple DIY Website Testing (Do It Yourself)August 14 2019 5 min
Explore your Website
When was the last time you went through every single page of your website? Chances are you don’t even recall when that was if ever.
Approximately 80% of business owners do not pay close attention to their own business’ webpage. Do you fall among this 80 %? Or are you on the other side of the spectrum? With the #AwesomeWeb 20-day Challenge, we are on a mission to bridge this gap. Saddle up and let’s kick-start Day 1 of the challenge dedicated to Exploring and getting acquainted with your website.
Before we delve deeper, make sure you set aside 15-30 minutes for this.
Why Explore your Webpage?
The answer is simple; over time, you are likely to come across functionalities that aren’t working well or even mistakes or bugs. If you find them, you can correct them before they become a nuisance to your users and eventually to your business.
The pace at which technology evolves is super fast. On the other hand, you have also learned a lot of new things over time, you gained more experiences and developed different points of view on things. Now is the time when you can impress these ideas onto your webpage.
The How of Exploration
1. Check your Website on multiple devices (desktop, laptop, and phone)
It is important to remember that a lot of website visitors access your webpages through different mobile devices. Therefore, it is essential to explore the mobile view in great detail.
2. Explore your Website on multiple browsers
Safari, Edge, Chrome, and Firefox are some of the popular browsers. You are likely to find that there are huge differences when viewing your website across different browsers.
What to look out for during Exploration?
Is every action button working correctly? Is the design correct? Are all contact forms working correctly? Is everything in the right spot? And is the ordering process working seamlessly? All these questions should yield a positive response, and if not, then some work needs to go into your website.
Making sure the content on the website is up to date, and grammar is correct is the primary goal of content exploration. A great tool which can help you with your grammar mistakes is called Grammarly.
When we say explore your website, we mean you to go and check every single page. There is a small exception which implies for e-shops. Of course, if you have an e-shop, you cannot go through every single product of yours. That does not make sense, right? We instead recommend selecting at least 5 random products. Go through the entire purchasing process of each of the five products, including payment and delivery options. Getting a real feel of a customer’s experience on your e-shop is right for your business. When you do so, you can then improve on the things that are not as seamless as desired.
After extensive exploration pass on all the problems and mistakes, you found to the right people to rectify all the issues.
You might need your web developers, marketers or data analyst.
It is your Business. It is your Webpage. Get on Board and Explore your Website! :-)
Day 1 Out!
Managing Partner & UX Advisor
Author of the 20-day challenge #AwesomeWeb. Expert through digital user-experience. Spreading Web Literacy is Kristyna's daily bread. Web or application cannot be only nice but must earn. If you want more revenue from your site or app, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.