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If you don’t know what to expect once your online store launches, here’s the best piece of advice we can give you – expect the unexpected. Yes, we understand from an ecommerce supplier, that’s probably not what you were expecting to hear, but it’s the truth and it’s how we manage all of our successful site launches, by always expecting the unexpected. Of course there is protocol in place for a number of hurdles we typically jump, but what about those that slip through the cracks? We’ve assembled a list to help you avoid those cracks by using intelligent and practical web practices. So let’s begin.
It is not the most comforting thing to hear, but in the real world, change carries risk. When going through a site redesign, if you are changing your URL structure, the most perfectly executed URL change – with 301-redirects – is going to take time for Google to process those changes. During that time, you could encounter a slip in page rankings and even get some errors. In the end, it comes down to deciding whether the change in URL structure is worth the risk. If you decide it is worth the risk, keep in mind these points:
Even done properly and for the right reasons, measure carefully and expect some rankings to bounce over the first couple of weeks. Sometimes, Google just needs time to evaluate the new structure.
TIP: Webmaster Tools is a free service offered by Google and is a great way to monitor errors on your site and other important information that the search engines see.
Adding a sitemap is crucial as it is a search-engine friendly index of your websites pages. If you already have a sitemap it is important to update it with any new URLs or the new URL structure that you implemented. Then it is important to submit the sitemap to the search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
Download this free Moogle Module to get more of your store listed on Google. And to learn more about sitemaps visit Sitemaps.org
An important factor in a new site is that it is using valid and up to date code. Using valid code will ensure that your site will be consistent across all browsers.
For more information on valid code or to validate your websites code visit Validator.w3.org
There are many project-specific considerations that you must be mindful of during a site rebuild but the ones mentioned above are universal. The most important aspects are to make sure that the search engines and users can find your new site and that everything is consistent. Also, you need to be aware of user experience and sometimes you may have to sacrifice design for user experience.
Miva offers a flexible and adaptable ecommerce platform that evolves with businesses and allows them to drive sales, maximize average order value, cut overhead costs, and increase revenue. Miva has been helping businesses realize their ecommerce potential for over 20 years and empowering retail, wholesale, and direct-to-consumer sellers across all industries to transform their business through ecommerce.