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The checklists that every web designer needs

Designing and building a website is a complex task, and there are many margins for error. The idea behind having a checklist, is to try and find out where any errors are, and fix them before any website goes live. These check lists range from the start of a web design well before any sketching, coding, or even asking the question, so what does this site do?

If you follow these checklists you will find that many problems are caught and solved before a single user uses the site, which has considerable benefits as we all know. Some of these checklists, are quite specific, so you find you do not need them, or may need only them. The decision of which ones to use and which ones not to use, is yours.

1. Client-Focused Checklists and Questionnaires

How to Extract the Facts with a Web Design Client Questionnaire
Design checklist: What clients should provide their designer
Comprehensive Web Design Checklist
How I Approach Logo Design – A Checklist
4 Critical Logo Design Details You May Be Forgetting About.Client Questionnaire for Web Developers
Step-By-Step Website Development – Check List
Project Planning Website Checklist

2. Pre-Launch Checklists

The Ultimate Website Launch Checklist

Blogger’s Checklist Before Hitting The Publish Button

3. General Web Design Checklists

Web Standards ChecklistTypographic Rules Checklist (PDF)
Typography Checklist (PDF)
Essential Navigation Checklist for Web Design

Checklist for usable forms
Sensible Forms: A Form Usability Checklist.

GUI Screen Design Checklist
GUI Testing Checklist.

Web Accessibility Checklist.

Another accessibility checklist.

Checklist To Improve Your Site’s Speed and Performance
The Ultimate Testing Checklist
101 Essential Checklists

50 Questions to Evaluate the Quality of Your Website

Content Quality Checklist
CSS Crib Sheet

Beginner’s Checklist Before Debugging CSS
Ruby On Rails Code Quality Checklist
Launching Ruby on Rails projects, a checklist.

Checklist for Securing PHP Configuration

4. Usability Checklists

Web Design Best Practices Checklist

The Ultimate Webdesign Usability Checklist

Quick Usability Checklist

The Blog Usability Checklist
25-Point Website Usability Checklist

Everyday Usability—14-Point Checklist for Success
Usability.Edu: 25 Incredibly Useful Usability Cheat Sheets & Checklists
The Usability Toolkit
Key questions to ask your usability testing supplier (PDF)
Dr. Web: The Ultimate Usability Checklist (in German)

5. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Checklists

Common Sense SEO Checklist

The Ultimate SEO Checklist

The Beginner’s Checklist For Small Business SEO
The Beginner’s Checklist for Learning SEO

The Web Developer’s SEO Cheat Sheet.

SEO Checklist

6. Marketing Checklists

Viral Marketing Campaign Checklist

The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period!

Improving Conversion Rates Checklist

Landing Page Checklist
Checklists for starting your first business

7. WordPress Checklists

WordPress: The Complete Post-Install Checklist
More checkpoints.

WordPress: Blog Maintenance Checklist

WordPress: Theme Development Checklist
Another checklist

yet another one

Moving and Upgrading Your WordPress Weblog: A 20-Point Checklist
WordPress Upgrade Preparation Checklist.

8. Ultimate Web Design Checklists

149 Mortal Sins That Will Send Your Site to Web Design Hell

The Official ‘Successful Website Checklist Challenge’

PC Limited’s Web Design Check List
A Solid Web Design Checklist
A Website Design & Development Project Checklist

Test Your Website: A 57-Point Checklist for Maximum Usability

These checklists will be espeically useful to you if you are a freelance web designer. It can be scary going it alone and only by using checklists can you be sure you have everything in place, especially if this is your first project.

We hope these checklists help you in creating better, error free web designs, and we hope that you will make good use of them. They are a very good resource for your designs and they may well be the key to making a good website.

Have fun.

21 Responses to “The checklists that every web designer needs”
  1. Mariusz

    great list, thx.

  2. Jeff

    This will come very handy, indeed. Thank you!

  3. Judy

    Excellent information – thank you. I will definitely recommend your site to my clients. Most people don’t know how important the things that you highlighted are.
    Thanks for helping spread the good word!

  4. Nicole

    Checklists like these make every web designer’s life so much easier. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  5. Sooner

    This is what I really need! Thank you for this article!

  6. Wegleitner

    This is one of the most helpful tips I got. Having this list just sounds so cool. I don’t need to wonder, what’s in and what’s not, what is previous and what’s next.

  7. Patrick

    This is impressive. Good work. This list will really be a big help to everyone!

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  9. Murry

    Man, that’s a lot of checklists. It should be a protocol for designers to start using these.

  10. May

    I agree with you Jeff. This will really be a handy list for all of us. I do hope that many will use this. I have to admit that this will surely make your designing easier.

    Good luck and more on this guys!

  11. marsut

    I went to your blog often. Thank you for the information!

  12. Mccoskey

    It is very informative. I am also sure to visit your site often.

  13. coach

    Thank you for useful information. Have more to such sites!

  14. Elissa

    It is a great list and is really complete! @ Marky: I think you’re right. He is a big help to the current web designers and to those who are aspiring to be one.

  15. Tollinci

    Kudos to your posts. Being a lover of web designs, I posted to my desk this list and had even bookmarked this.

  16. Pink Dead Nail

    Wow! Thanks for this. This is just what I’ve been looking for and thank God I found this article. Nice checklist!

  17. Luis

    These will definitely minimize the stress designers go through. Thank you!

  18. lili

    oi meu nome é lili como vai vc

  19. fair

    This is very informative. You know, a lot of people tend to forget to have a checklist. So what happens is that, they forget something. It is very essential for a we designer to have one like this. I really think this will greatly be appreciated by many. More power!

  20. Marky

    This is so cool! You know what? I think we should promote your site to those designers! It’s a big help to them! This will definitely make an error free website!

  21. lili

    oi eu não te conheco mas acho que posso te conhece pela net.

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