One thing that web designer’s often need to do review other people’s work. You may need to do this for numerous reasons including:
- Review a potential client’s site, and let them know what should be changed
- Review the work of a coworker to ensure it is correct/good
- Review a 3rd party vendor, who did work for your company
- and even Review your own work
Each of these situations are different, however, each hold several things true.
When I perform a website review, I include all types of checks such as:
- Review of the design
- Review of the user friendliness
- Can users find things
- Can they read the content
- Does it need special plugins/browsers
- Site Speed
- Site functionality
- Search Engine Optimization
Now my reviews are generally much larger in scope than what you will need. My reviews tend to run 7 to 10 pages. However, for this class, you probably only need 1 to 2 pages. However, there are some aspects of what I use that you can use for your site review.
However, they should still be done well,with thoughtfulness and consideration. When you create a review, I want you to do these things:
- Remember who your audience is. It is the business leader, not your teacher.
- Make sure you don’t “insult” your reader. Making suggestions is one thing, insulting them is another.
- If you don’t like something, suggest a fix for it.
- Don’t forget that everything has something good about it – find it.
- Think about the business. i.e. telling someone to remove all of their ads so the site isn’t cluttered, doesn’t help if that’s how they pay for the site. Figure out how to make it work better for them.
If you follow these guidelines, it will make it easier to do a site review.