website testing process

Hi EE,

We are are trying to setup a testing process internally for our website development team to review websites before they go live and we hand over to the client.

This list does not include SEO testing or reviews.

If you have any ideas, missed steps or other online providers than the ones listed below, that would be great.
Some steps are repeated.

Following are the steps in order.

1. Developer to review and test the entire site using their chosen tools. (comparing against Photoshop files provided)
2. Designer to manually view on desktop, mobile and tablet. (chrome browser, iphone 6, ipad air, galaxy tab) These are the physical devices we have in the office at the moment. (comparing against Photoshop files provided)
3. We carry out Mobile responsive testing here and
4. We add content to the site.
5. Designer to manually view on desktop, mobile and tablet. (chrome browser, iphone 6, ipad air, galaxy tab) These are the physical devices we have in the office at the moment. (comparing against Photoshop files provided)
6. We carry out Mobile responsive testing here and
7. Page speed and performance testing here
8. We carry out a mobile friendly test here
9. Check markup validity with
10. Check css with
11. Testing of all contact forms.
12. Install wordfence security plugin and disable cache during developing testing.
13. Send to client for review. Reviewing and providing content is the sole responsibility of the client.
They need to approve before going live. after all, the client knows their content and business better than we do.
They also need to spend some time testing each page before sign-off.
14. We make the site live.
15. Unless under a maintenance contract, we don't have any further involvement with the client (other than with sales staff)

Any notes would be appreciated.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Why aren't you comparing against Firefox, IE and Opera?  And at different screen sizes?  Most designers have large screens but the most common screen size is 1366x768 which is found in many laptops.  I am constantly having a problem with one of my clients that does their own HTML pages on large 2560x1440 monitors and not realizing that there is nothing to click on on the visible top part on a 1366x768 screen.  In all the surveys I can find from 2012 to the present, 1366x768 is the most common display resolution.

There is also the issue of displaying on computers that may not have the fonts you have chosen installed on them.  Linux is a small audience for browsing but should you be checking on Macs?
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I should add one other item that is often overlooked.  I have 14+ computers here and none have the same video card except for 2 of them.  9 of the 14 have 1280x1024 displays.  Yet no two of them look exactly the same.  Not even the two that should be since they have the same 'exact' hardware.  But they are the closest.  I suggest that no two designers should have the exact same hardware so that oddities caused by hardware differences are more likely to show up.  At the very least, everyone should have a different monitor.
F PCommented:
How about markup, or JSON-LD markup for adding context into the site with Structured Data?

This includes Rich Markup like the 800 and customer service numbers:

Specifying Logos:

Integrating and pulling all Social Profiles into a single entity?

Sitemaps? XML? urlset and sitemapindex files?

Enable Sitelinks Searching from Google?

Submit to Bing Webmaster Tools and Yahoo?

Adding the PageSpeed Insights module to the webserver for automagically compressing content and optimizing at the web server level?

... tip of the iceberg what you've missed.

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F PCommented:
Oh yeah, and a free year of hosting with Amazon Web Services EC2, Free CDN with S3, and a fraction of the cost of MailChimp for the SES Relay?


Mass marketing emailing? Building HTML? Validating all that... sorry I really could just keep going and going.
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