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Quality Assurance Testing

1.Content - accurate, understandable, spell checked and grammatically correct 
2.Links - review site for broken links using an automated tool like WebXM
3.Functionality - does the site perform the functions defined in the original project definition, create task list and conduct methodical testing
4.Validity - validate (X)HTML, validate CSS
5.Accessibility - automated section 508 tests using an automated tool like WebXM , manual section 508 tests
6.Browser/OS/Resolution - test site on the target browsers your defined earlier either manually or using browsercam
7.Connection Speed - use the Web Page Analyzer to get analysis and recommendations on the speed/size of your pages
8.Usability - conduct informal or formal usability testing with your target audience
9.Search Engine Optimization - review your site for semantic markup. Read 10 Tips on SEO by Alan Knecht in his article entitled SEO and Your Web Site
10.Load Testing - contact your server administrator to discuss load testing techniques
11.Security - request automated SecurityXM Scan, review file authorizations, review authentication method, conduct authentication test

 

Prioritize Issues
Taking the time to conduct testing prior to production is an important element in launching a high quality site. However, if you wait until the site is perfect, you will never launch. There is a balance between perfection and realistic quality that must be struck. As you monitor the list of issues that are uncovered during the testing phase, prioritizing them in at least three categories:

Priority 1 - critical, must be fixed before launch
Priority 2 - would enhance the site, but we can go live without it, address as soon as time permits
Priority 3 - future enhancement, nice idea / feature, will consider for future release

Refine Site
After all of this good work, make sure you actually implement the priority 1 changes to the site before release.