PHASE 4: DEPLOY
The testing phase is for all participants to test the website and fix any errors before making it live to the public.
Develop a test plan.
The test plan should include:
- The actions and tasks each testing participant needs to complete.
- A priority scale for classifying bugs or issues.
- A consolidated communication method.
Test on different devices and browsers.
Each participant should click links and view each page on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc., as well as on desktop and mobile devices.
Track and correct bugs.
Often, timing gets tight as you get closer to the launch deadline, so it may not be possible for developers to do everything in time. A priority scale allows decisions to be made in terms of which items are launch-critical versus more minor things that can wait.
Check for broken links.
Resource: W3C Link Checker.
Test for accessibility compliance.
Optimize and adjust as needed.
Once the site is fully approved, a launch date should be scheduled and the website prepared for launch.