Website check list

Content is king but we also look after the technical side.

We always try and emphasis to our clients that the technical side of setting up a website is much less important than developing the content that will be displayed on the website.  We stand by this but that doesn’t mean to say we overlook the technical side, we go into great detail to make sure the website has all the features and connectivity to allow it do compete online and be easily visible to users and search engines.

Listed below is an abbreviated version of the checklist we run through, over 100 points that need to be scrutinised and tested to make sure you and your website get the most out of the World Wide Web.

  1. Hosting account set up
  2. FTP accounts set up
  3. Email addresses set up if required
  4. WordPress content management system installed and configured
  5. Required theme installed and configured
  6. All pages installed and formatted
  7. Users and access levels configured
  8. Restricted / password protected content installed if required
  9. Maintenance mode feature enabled
  10. Site cache function (Load speed) set up
  11. Image handling and optimisation (Jetpack CDN) working
  12. Video embed working
  13. Cookies notification badge configured
  14. Blog available
  15. Portfolio installed
  16. Easy editing features available
  17. Google location map installed
  18. RSS feed installed and working
  19. RSS subscription option available
  20. Menus installed and navigation tested
  21. Antispam protection working correctly
  22. Favicon installed
  23. 404 errors are handled correctly linking back to home page
  24. Contact form connected to email database with automatic notifications
  25. Easy redirect options available
  26. Keyword check and placement carried out
  27. Easy content sharing options available
  28. HTML sitemap installed
  29. XML sitemap activated
  30. XML site map submitted to Google
  31. External linking set up
  32. Author bio configured
  33. Main contact form configured
  34. Separate contact forms used throughout the website
  35. Related content promoted
  36. Global title tags and page descriptions installed
  37. Title tags update function by page / post
  38. Page descriptions (Meta) update function
  39. Comments system activated on posts / pages (If applicable)
  40. Current marketing material checked for consistency with website
  41. Contact numbers, email and address all checked
  42. Current online presence reviewed
  43. Copy obtained from current site
  44. All admin email fields updated to preferred client contact
  45. Plugin performance scan (P3) carried out
  46. Storage folders reviewed
  47. Manage WP account activated
  48. Backups scheduled
  49. Recovery from backup tested
  50. Capitalisation checked (especially of main headings)
  51. Consistency in common phrases and text
  52. Hyperlink text checked / hyperlinks working
  53. Image names and alt tags are appropriate for the website
  54. Permalinks updated
  55. Slug configuration consistent
  56. Tags updated (Taxomomy checked)
  57. Search function installed and returns relevant results
  58. Terms and privacy policy checked by client (Sign off required)
  59. Mark up validation report (Chrome) ran
  60. Website access notes issued to client
  61. Images and text files copied and issued to client
  62. Screen captures for entire site taken
  63. Theme and plugins with activation codes backed up
  64. Copy of contact form output issued to client
  65. Verify http:// and www. domain names via Google Webmaster
  66. Domain name variations checked
  67. Short domain check
  68. Re direction of old URL’s
  69. Screen size compatibility check carried out
  70. Mobile responsive
  71. Tablet responsive
  72. Browser check: Internet Explorer / Microsoft Edge
  73. Browser check: Firefox
  74. Browser check: Safari
  75. Browser check: Chrome
  76. Site load time checked and reviewed
  77. Social media connections working
  78. Embed social media feed if required
  79. Google local listings configured
  80. Gravatar account set up
  81. Gravatar installed
  82. WordPress account set up
  83. Submit to search engines
  84. Social media name check carried out
  85. Protect any sensitive pages (e.g. administration area)
  86. config file checked and updated
  87. htaccess file updated if required
  88. robot text file added if required
  89. Login lockdown installed
  90. Client agreement issued
  91. Google alert monitoring set up
  92. Website uptime monitoring (Downtime alerts)
  93. WordPress and plugin updates checked
  94. Google analytics installed
  95. Login redirect configured
  96. Short code features available
  97. Email capture forms installed
  98. Add to Webmaster account
  99. Install Google verification file in root directory
  100. Contact details visible throughout website
  101. Client training scheduled
  102. Landing page options reviewed
  103. Local time set
  104. New subscriber options set
  105. Front page and blog page configured in settings


If you would like to talk about any specific features that you would like for your website then please get in touch. Fill in the form below, email us, send a direct message on twitter or call on 07800 901 449.