Designing a site takes a large amount of time and hard work. You do not want to see all of your time and hard work get wasted by allowing your website to go live when it still has many problems. Therefore, you must make sure that your site is truly ready to be used by the masses. There are a number of things that need to be done before you officially put your site online. Launching your site when it still has a few problems could be a disaster for your brand. Basically, you will develop the reputation of being incompetent. Unfortunately, reputations on the Internet are very difficult to get rid of once you get them. This is why you must avoid a situation like that from occurring in the first place. Here are some of the most essential tasks to complete before your site goes live.
1. Check the search engine
The search engine on your site is a vital tool when it comes to allowing your customers to find items they are looking for in a fast and efficient manner. Problems with your search engine could cause searches to take much longer then they normally should. Many people have very little patience when they are doing their shopping. A delay involving your search engine could prevent you from making a sale. This is why you must thoroughly check the search engine before any member of the general public is able to use it. You should also verify that only the correct items are being listed when a search is being performed. A common problems of website search engines occurs when they list items that are different than the one the user is trying to find.
2. Payment system
You will be in big trouble if none of your customers are able to pay when they find what they are looking for. Verify that nothing is wrong with your merchant account by making a few purchases using your own credit card. Test all of the other forms of payment that you are willing to accept. Do not go live until each payment method is working perfectly with no glitches. You will need to make sure that your domain name registration went through without any problem.
3. Shopping cart
Customers will use your online shopping cart to select items they want to buy until the person is ready to pay for them. Unfortunately, some sites experience problems with their site that are a nuisance. For example, items disappear from shopping carts without any explanation. There have also been cases where multiple copies of the same item will show up in a shopping cart shortly before checkout. Iron out all of the shopping cart details with the person who helped you design your site. Keep testing it for as long as you have to in order to ensure that nothing like this happens when your customers are trying to buy products. You want to avoid frustrating your customers and causing them to leave.
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