Last month the digital wizards at Thinking Juice put their heads together to write for Web Designer Magazine in celebration of their 250th issue.
The magazine gathered together some of the brightest minds in digital design and asked them to share their advice about how to plan, design, build, test, launch & market a website. Here, we’ve shared some of the knowledge written on the subject of testing…
The golden rules
Rule 1: Test a variety of devices and browsers to see how they render.
Rule 2: Test your sites crawlability and find errors to fix.
Rule 3: Analytics.
Rule 4: Optimise and test digital experiences powered by data.
Rule 5: Qualitative customer feedback – H2H.
Test your site speed and see recommendations to improve (https://gtmetrix.com/)
Test a variety of devices and see how they render (https://www.browserstack.com/)
Built-in split testing feature, test changes on a portion of the auctions that your ads participate in (https://www.google.co.uk/adwords/)
The world’s leading experience optimisation platform, providing website and mobile A/B testing and personalisation (https://www.optimizely.com/)
Test your sites crawlability and find errors (https://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/)
Test your Google rankings and analyse if they’ve been positively or negatively affected (https://www.awrcloud.com/)
Review your total number of backlinks, different referring IP’s, subnets (class c blocks and such), unique domains, and the types of backlinks the site has (https://ahrefs.com/)
Ask qualitative questions to understand what users think of your site (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/)
Ensure people are not duplicating your content (http://www.copyscape.com/)
We can have so much data but ideally we need insights – what are we going to do with the data to make it valuable? A Lean Analytics Cycle helps you to Hypothesise, Experiment and Test, Measure and Analyse and finally Act.
If you want to find out more, you can buy a copy of the magazine from the magazine’s online store here.