When Should I Test My Website?1:59 with Dan Gorgone
Many people assume that the time to test your website is right before it launches. Having a plan in place, from the beginning, to test your website from a user's perspective will make your work so much easier when it's time to go live. Treehouse business teacher Dan explains the ins and outs of website testing in this Treehouse Quick Tip.
[Treehouse presents] 0:00 [Quick Tips: When Should I Test My Website? - with Dan Gorgone] 0:03 Many people assume that the time to test your website 0:05 is right before it launches. That sort of makes sense. 0:08 Before something goes live, you want to ensure 0:11 that it's working the way it's supposed to. 0:13 However, this is one of the most difficult times to test, 0:15 because time is short, and the pressure is on. 0:19 Don't leave testing until the last minute. 0:22 Instead, consider a plan to test from the very beginning. 0:25 When you have your initial idea, 0:28 you'll probably be tempted to draw some rough sketches, 0:31 maybe even produce some wireframes to get started. 0:34 Anything you create is worth testing, 0:36 which can be simple as sitting down with someone and asking them 0:39 what they make of your design. 0:42 A quick walk around your office, coffee shop, or sharing a picture online 0:45 can yield helpful feedback. 0:49 Why test so early? 0:51 Because these results can have an immediate positive effect on your project. 0:53 Finding issues before you build anything means not having to tear it down later. 0:58 As you're building a site, that's a good time to test, too. 1:03 The same principle applies. 1:07 Getting someone else's perspective is an extremely valuable research tool. 1:09 As you're building a site, that's a good time to test, too. 1:13 The same principle applies. 1:16 Getting someone else's perspective is an extremely valuable research tool. 1:18 As you begin to build the pieces or design elements that go into 1:22 a finished website, these can be shown to test users 1:26 in working and non-working ways. 1:30 Remember, you can test web designs using screen shots, 1:32 a projector, even simple printouts. 1:36 Sure, the experience isn't exactly what you would like it to be. 1:39 But asking the right questions will get you the answers you need. 1:42 And, of course, you want to test after your site has been launched. 1:46 In fact, come up with a plan to test every one or two months 1:50 to ensure that the site continues to work as intended. 1:54 Times will change. So will your industry, as well as your users' needs. 1:58 Plan on changing with it, and figure out how 2:03 by doing some testing along the way. 2:06
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