Ultimate List Of Web Design Checklists: Get Work Done!

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When building a website, there are so many things and aspects to keep in mind. It often happens that in that mess we forget about some basic things like favicon or maybe about dummy content removal from test site. It’s much easier to go trough all those things when you have all of them written down.

In this article you are going to find bunch of different checklists, questionnaires and tips covering almost everything for an upcoming website. You probably will need just one of these tools, so choose carefully. Read some tips and decide which tool fits the best for your project planning and development process.

Client Checklists

1. How to Extract the Facts with a Web Design Client Questionnaire

This article will help you create a prospect qualification questionnaire that can be used via telephone or Internet or in face-to-face meetings.

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2. Questions to Ask Clients Before Designing a Website

Reading some of these questions and following some guidelines will also save you and your client plenty of headaches throughout the process and pave the way to a lasting and trusting relationship.

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3. 22 Questions to Ask Before Developing a Website

Detailed questionnaire that you can stick to to ease your work.

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4. 72 Questions to Ask New Web Design Clients with PDF Chart

Huge list of the best 72 questions to ask prospective web design clients, along with a PDF chart.

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5. Design Checklist: What Clients Should Provide Their Designer

This is a checklist of things that clients should provide their designer at the outset. To follow this list will ensure the client and designer are dealing professionally as well as creating an efficient workflow.

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6. Comprehensive Web Design Checklist

The following checklist and the associated answers will facilitate the analysis process of designing and building the website that allows you to relate with the client better and understand what he needs.

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7. 42 Questions Every Freelancer Should Ask Their Clients

This is a helpful list of 42 questions for freelancers to ask prospective clients during the interview/briefing process.

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8. How To Create The Perfect Client Questionnaire

You won’t find a list of premade questions in this article, but instead you are going to learn how to write your own queastions, formule and refine them.

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9. How to Create an Effective Web Design Questionnaire

This article is primarily about developing a one-way questionnaire where you aren’t there to explain or expound on the questions you’ve asked the respondent, though the same concepts apply whether you’re communicating via email or during a face-to-face meet.

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10. Creative Latitude Client questionnaire

Find out what your client wants by asking the right questions. Download this helpful PDF questionnaire.

Prelaunch Chechklists

1. 15 Essential Checks Before Launching Your Website

This article reviews some important and necessary checks that web-sites should be checked against before the official launch  — little details are often forgotten or ignored, but – if done in time – may sum up to an overall greater user experience and avoid unnecessary costs after the official site release.

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2. 10 Things a Web Developer Should Do for The Client

Not exactly wrote as a checklist, but still useful list of things you should do before launching the website.

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3. The Ultimate Website Prelaunch Checklist

Large and comprehensive list with checklists you should check before launching website.

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4. Using a Pre-Launch Checklist for your Website

This pre-launch checklist entails a systematic approach to ensuring that important details are addressed before launching or relaunching a website.

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5. W3C Unicorn – W3C’s Unified Validator

Ultimate W3C validator, which will check your markup, CSS validity, mobile-friendliness and syntax of Atom or RSS feeds.

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Usability Checklists

1. Quick Usability Checklist

This post highlights some of the more common problems designers should address on their own sites in a usability checklist of sorts.

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2. Some Typography Rules to Remember

PDF checklist of some typography do’s & don’ts which can be applied in web design.

3. 247 Web Usability Guidelines

Ultimate list of usability guidelines splitted into 9 sections.

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4. 25-point Website Usability Checklist

This 25 point website usability checklist is a great  way to create some method out of madness and make sure you don’t forget anything critical when working with a new client.

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5. The Ultimate Web design Usability Checklist

This checklist with 88 questions is a must read for every web designer who cares about usability.

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6. Sensible Forms: A Form Usability Checklist

Follow these guidelines, and you’ll be able to create beautiful, function able forms.

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7. The Blog Usability Checklist

This is a 19 point checklist that should be useful to any blogger looking for a practical way to evaluate (and improve) the usability of their blog. Many of the principles here will apply to websites, as well.

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8. The Essential Website Usability Checklist

This post is a simple 13-point usability checklist for webmasters. Ever good website must be able to answer ‘yes’ to each of these points.

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9. Access Color

AccessColor tests the color contrast and color brightness between the foreground and background of all elements in the DOM to make sure that the contrast is high enough for people with visual impairments.

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General Checklists

1. Web Design Best Practices Checklist

This is a sorted list that contains some of the most important aspects you should keep in mind when developing a website.

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2. 50 Questions to Evaluate the Quality of Your Website

This 50 questions long questionnaire might trigger something here and there for some of you or maybe brings some forgotten item from the long to-do list back into your mind.

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3. Essential Navigation Checklists for Web Design

These checklists pull together best practice in the disciplines of information design, usability and accessibility, into an easy to apply format.

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4. Aaron Cannon’s Web Accessibility Checklist

This checklist attempts to answer the question, ‘What concise pieces of advice can be given to designers that will have the greatest impact on accessibility in the majority of cases?’ Again, this list is not the perfect solution, nor is it the only solution, but it is a good first step, and it gives developers and designers a place to start from.

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5. Beginner’s Checklist Before Debugging CSS

Most beginners make a common pattern of mistakes quite frequently. So if you are a beginner, this checklist will be just in time.

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6. 10 Things You Must Check When You Re-launch Your Website

The following is a list of 10 things that you should check prior to and immediately after you have launched a new site.

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7. Common Sense SEO Checklist

6 point beginner checklist that helps you to focus on what you do have control over and what improves your SEO rankings.

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8. Web Design & Development Checklist

This questionnaire is for the front-end look and feel and does not address technical specifications. You may find that some of the questions are not applicable to a particular client or project.

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9. SEO Checklist for Your New Website

The following 12 step optimization checklist will bring you one step closer to maximizing your revenues with smart web design.

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Ultimate Checklists

1. Web Standards Checklist

This is a large checklist to help you build websites that match the web standards. However, this list should not be seen as a list of items that must be addressed on every site that you develop. It is simply a guide that can be used:

  • to show the breadth of web standards
  • as a handy tool for developers during the production phase of websites
  • as an aid for developers who are interested in moving towards web standards

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2. The Ultimate Website Launch Checklist

Very detailed checklist that covers both the pre-launch and the post-launch phase of the web site life cycle. It contains checks related to content and style, standards and validation, search engine visibility, functional testing, security/risk, performance and marketing.

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3. 149 Mortal Sins That Will Send Your Site to Web Design Hell

Huge post with 2 checklists that will probably give you a preview of how a website should look.

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4. Design Checklist

The following checklist serves to summarize the major points and to help you ensure you’ve done all you should before finalizing any web site you are creating.

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5. The Official ‘Successful Website Checklist Challenge’

Complete guide from planning to SEo. Take this challenge and see what you’re doing right, what you’re doing wrong, and what you’re forgetting to do. There are notes and resources included for nearly every item on the checklist.

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6. 101 Five-Minute Fixes to Incrementally Improve Your Web Site

Tackle these quick fixes over time, and you’ll be able to improve your website with minimal pain.

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7. Launchlist

Launchlist is intended to help and encourage web designers and developers to check their work before exposing it to the world at large. The process is simple – enter your name and email and the same for a recipient, your project details and website URL, and then proceed through our list of provided fields.

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Further Resources

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19 Comments Best Comments First
  • Jon Huot

    Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 14:34

    1

    Great collection of resources! Congratulations!

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  • Anny

    Friday, September 3rd, 2010 14:24

    7

    Hey it’s great! It’s a good collection & very useful for the beginners as well.
    Thanks
    Anny

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  • Rakesh Kumar

    Monday, September 6th, 2010 06:49

    8

    thanx for the information……….it’s a ultimate collection…………:-)

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  • Gayle

    Monday, September 6th, 2010 19:15

    9

    Thanks for the list! Something I’ll refer to often.

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  • Jarkko Sibenberg

    Friday, September 3rd, 2010 13:53

    6

    It’s a good list, but I agree with Chris. It would be more useful and interesting to read if you had chosen a few of them to write more in depth article. Still a good list to have in hand. Will take some time to go through all those links. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Swamykant

    Friday, September 3rd, 2010 15:07

    5

    Very good collection of resources!

    Nice Work

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  • VincentVeri

    Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 15:24

    2

    This is awesome and useful. It will take some time to read all these posts

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  • Martin

    Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 12:39

    3

    Nice list of checklists there Daniels!

    I have been using a questionnaire for years, but I am sure I will find some questions in some of these lists that will be a usefull addition to my already existing list.

    Thanks!

    Martin

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  • Chris Raymond

    Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 17:46

    4

    While I appreciate the time that went into compiling this list–really, I do–I think our web and design blogs are way too full of “comprehensive” lists that shoot for quantity and not quality. Anyone could Google for “web design checklist” or other terms and get a long list. What would be more helpful is to weed out and select one or two of the very best in each subcategory, and perhaps links to others.

    Having just clicked on a couple of these links, I’m afraid it would be a huge time drain to go through every one looking for the wheat among the chaff, and no disrespect to the authors of those pieces. I guess in general, the laundry list posts just become less and less useful in the days of Google and Bing.

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  • Cleartag

    Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 13:59

    10

    I think there should be a “social media” checklist.

    it is very useful, the ultimate checklist resource!

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  • Bryan

    Friday, September 10th, 2010 17:00

    11

    Awesome collection! Gonna bookmark this one so I can read them from time to time. Thanks!

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  • Grayson Carter

    Saturday, February 4th, 2012 03:22

    17

    I have a love/hate relationship with posts like this. I love the information but I hate that I end up reading all of them and not actually getting any work done. Great information thought. Thanks

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  • Mike

    Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 10:55

    18

    Just used this again to brush up my own checklist. You folks are very generous with your content.
    Thankyou so much! :-)

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  • Keith

    Monday, March 19th, 2012 11:41

    19

    Great list, #4 is the best. I’ve printed it out and put it on the wall!.
    There are so many diffrent levels of service in website design, cheap and nasty -> smoke and mirrors and the big budget and #4 seems to be good for everyone.

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  • Larry

    Friday, July 22nd, 2011 09:46

    16

    This is complete guide for a professional work include all things to do. Thanks

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  • Karen

    Saturday, June 11th, 2011 19:10

    15

    Excellent resource! Wish I would have had this information as I started designing websites. Even though I’ve figured out a lot on my own, this information would surely have saved me a lot of time!

    0
  • Adam Bluhm

    Friday, September 10th, 2010 21:01

    12

    Wow! You weren’t kidding about it being the “ultimate” list! This is great!

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  • John

    Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 09:49

    13

    Great lists of lists!

    0
  • Brett Widmann

    Sunday, January 16th, 2011 03:35

    14

    This is a great list! Thanks for all the help and resources.

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  • Keith

    Monday, March 19th, 2012 11:41

    19

    Great list, #4 is the best. I’ve printed it out and put it on the wall!.
    There are so many diffrent levels of service in website design, cheap and nasty -> smoke and mirrors and the big budget and #4 seems to be good for everyone.

    0
  • Mike

    Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 10:55

    18

    Just used this again to brush up my own checklist. You folks are very generous with your content.
    Thankyou so much! :-)

    0
  • Grayson Carter

    Saturday, February 4th, 2012 03:22

    17

    I have a love/hate relationship with posts like this. I love the information but I hate that I end up reading all of them and not actually getting any work done. Great information thought. Thanks

    0
  • Larry

    Friday, July 22nd, 2011 09:46

    16

    This is complete guide for a professional work include all things to do. Thanks

    0
  • Karen

    Saturday, June 11th, 2011 19:10

    15

    Excellent resource! Wish I would have had this information as I started designing websites. Even though I’ve figured out a lot on my own, this information would surely have saved me a lot of time!

    0
  • Brett Widmann

    Sunday, January 16th, 2011 03:35

    14

    This is a great list! Thanks for all the help and resources.

    0
  • John

    Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 09:49

    13

    Great lists of lists!

    0
  • Adam Bluhm

    Friday, September 10th, 2010 21:01

    12

    Wow! You weren’t kidding about it being the “ultimate” list! This is great!

    0
  • Bryan

    Friday, September 10th, 2010 17:00

    11

    Awesome collection! Gonna bookmark this one so I can read them from time to time. Thanks!

    0
  • Cleartag

    Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 13:59

    10

    I think there should be a “social media” checklist.

    it is very useful, the ultimate checklist resource!

    0
  • Gayle

    Monday, September 6th, 2010 19:15

    9

    Thanks for the list! Something I’ll refer to often.

    0
  • Rakesh Kumar

    Monday, September 6th, 2010 06:49

    8

    thanx for the information……….it’s a ultimate collection…………:-)

    0
  • Anny

    Friday, September 3rd, 2010 14:24

    7

    Hey it’s great! It’s a good collection & very useful for the beginners as well.
    Thanks
    Anny

    0
  • Jarkko Sibenberg

    Friday, September 3rd, 2010 13:53

    6

    It’s a good list, but I agree with Chris. It would be more useful and interesting to read if you had chosen a few of them to write more in depth article. Still a good list to have in hand. Will take some time to go through all those links. Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • Swamykant

    Friday, September 3rd, 2010 15:07

    5

    Very good collection of resources!

    Nice Work

    0
  • Chris Raymond

    Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 17:46

    4

    While I appreciate the time that went into compiling this list–really, I do–I think our web and design blogs are way too full of “comprehensive” lists that shoot for quantity and not quality. Anyone could Google for “web design checklist” or other terms and get a long list. What would be more helpful is to weed out and select one or two of the very best in each subcategory, and perhaps links to others.

    Having just clicked on a couple of these links, I’m afraid it would be a huge time drain to go through every one looking for the wheat among the chaff, and no disrespect to the authors of those pieces. I guess in general, the laundry list posts just become less and less useful in the days of Google and Bing.

    0
  • Martin

    Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 12:39

    3

    Nice list of checklists there Daniels!

    I have been using a questionnaire for years, but I am sure I will find some questions in some of these lists that will be a usefull addition to my already existing list.

    Thanks!

    Martin

    0
  • VincentVeri

    Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 15:24

    2

    This is awesome and useful. It will take some time to read all these posts

    0
  • Jon Huot

    Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 14:34

    1

    Great collection of resources! Congratulations!

    0

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