45 Incredibly Useful Web Design Checklists and Questionnaires


Designing websites can be a long and complicated process. Dealing with clients, designing prototypes, coding, programming, and testing – there’s a lot to keep track of and a lot to make sure gets done. That’s where checklists can make your life a whole lot easier. With lists of points covering multiple areas from content to usability to accessibility to standards, you’re a lot less likely to overlook important parts of a site.

Below are 45 checklists to make your design process easier and more organized. Consider using these checklists as a jumping off point for creating your own customized list, based on your own needs.

Also consider our previous article:

1. Client-Focused Checklists and Questionnaires

These questionnaires and checklists are focused on making your relationships with your clients better. Use these to gather information from your clients or prospects at the beginning of each project so that everyone is on the same page.

How to Extract the Facts with a Web Design Client Questionnaire2
This questionnaire from Freelance Switch is meant to send out to prospective clients to get a good idea of what they’re looking for from a website. It can save you valuable time and allow you to create more accurate proposals.


Design checklist: What clients should provide their designer4
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.

Comprehensive Web Design Checklist5
This is another client-focused questionnaire. It’s aimed at getting clients to really think about what they need and want from a website.

How I Approach Logo Design – A Checklist6
Learn how to figure out what the client wants to have in a new logo, what his objectives are and where the logo will be used. Also check 4 Critical Logo Design Details You May Be Forgetting About7.


20 Questions To Ask Clients Prior To Designing A Logo9
Before starting any project it’s essential to get the right preliminary information from your clients. This will help pave the way to a successful project, assist in bringing client’s vision into perspective and build a lasting relationship.

Client Questionnaire for Web Developers10
This questionnaire is very short and basic but covers the important points: audience, content, and communication.

Step-By-Step Website Development – Check List11
To help you make your plan, here is a simplified checklist for the development and design of a website ($ indicates potential additional fees that may be incurred).

Project Planning Website Checklist12
This website check list is a high-level check list of activities to include in your project plan. A successful web development requires attention to several strands of activity, an in particular the organization of information and changes in origanization and business processes.

2. Pre-Launch Checklists

This checklist deals less with the planning and initial stages of website design and focus on the things you need to make sure are complete prior to launching a new site. Every designer should have a pre-launch checklist to make sure they’ve completed everything on a site that they need to.

The Ultimate Website Launch Checklist13
This is a comprehensive checklist of things to check pre-launch that includes things like content, style, validation, seo, and security points. Created by Dan Zambonini. The pdf-version14 is available as well and so is the French translation15. The checklist is a very useful reference that may help you in your daily projects and will help you to prevent errors and mistake once the site is released.

Ultimate Check List16

Blogger’s Checklist Before Hitting The Publish Button17
How many times have we hit publish on a blog and then realized we forgot to do something crucial, whether it is changing post slugs or a crucial spell check. Here is a quick checklist of what you should do before you hit publish.

3. General Web Design Checklists

The checklists in this category are general-purpose; they cover a wide variety of web design areas. This is a good place to start if you’re not sure what a checklist should include or what you need to remember when designing sites. But don’t mistake these for beginners’ resources; most of them are quite comprehensive.

Web Standards Checklist18
This checklists covers pretty much every aspect of building a standards-compliant website, from accessibility to basic usability to site management. It’s very complete and well-organized.


Typographic Rules Checklist20 (PDF)
Another useful typographic checklist that contains not only some general typographic rules, heuristics and guidelines, but also reminders for typography in your projects.

Typography Checklist21 (PDF)
Compiled by Jason DewinetzIf, this list contains some useful typographic checks that you may want to consider for before launching your next project or printing your next brochure or book.


Essential Navigation Checklist for Web Design23
These checklists pull together best practice in the disciplines of information design, usability and accessibility, into an easy to apply format. If you are already familiar with those topics, the checklists serve as a handy reminder that is easy to refer to and apply when planning navigation.

Checklist for usable forms24
This checklist is for HTML forms along with links to a few articles that are very helpful. Check also Brian Crescimanno’s article Sensible Forms: A Form Usability Checklist25.

GUI Screen Design Checklist26
This checklist covers various common problems, issues and errors that appear frequently in graphical user interfaces. Also check the legendary GUI Testing Checklist27.


Web Accessibility Checklist29 (also available as printable PDF30 and in German31)
This checklist, compiled by Aaron Cannon, contains over 35 checks that will help you to improve the accessibility of your web-site. Another accessibility checklist32.

Checklist To Improve Your Site’s Speed and Performance33
Users have short attention spans and are generally not willing to wait for a bloated Web site to load. Take advantage of these tips, tools and resources, and you’ll have a much better time capturing visitors’ attention. This article presents over 50 speed optimization tips to consider before launching your web-site.

The Ultimate Testing Checklist34
Testing plays a critical role in the development of your web site and its long-term maintenance. While smaller web sites—especially those with more limited budgets—may not need to follow the formal testing procedures that are required for large-scale, commercial web sites, every site needs to be thoroughly tested to ensure that it’s error-free, user-friendly, accessible, and standards compliant. This checklist will help you test your site both during development, and after. Download this checklist, along with others covering SEO and content management. Sitepoint also offers 101 Essential Checklists35 (printable .PDFs, for 29.95$+ per PDF).


50 Questions to Evaluate the Quality of Your Website37
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.

Content Quality Checklist38
In my experience, a common misperception of the evaluation of content quality is that its scope is limited to the correction of typos and grammatical errors. To truly consider content quality, we need to examine its quality along several dimensions. Consequently, the content quality checklists that follow cover everything from usefulness to voice to accuracy.

CSS Crib Sheet39
While not a traditional checklist, this article does offer a pretty complete list of things you need to double-check in your CSS.


Beginner’s Checklist Before Debugging CSS41
This article shares common pattern of mistakes that designers tend to make in practice. Although the following examples may be stating the obvious, it seems most beginners make these mistakes quite frequently.

Ruby and Ruby on Rails is often considered to be one of the most difficult language/framework combinations to truly master. You may want to give this checklist to your coding teams so they can sign off on for each of their projects. Launching Ruby on Rails projects, a checklist42.

Checklist for Securing PHP Configuration43
The Apache/PHP/MySQL stack is immensely popular for web application development. Its components are powerful, versatile and Free. Unfortunately however, PHP comes with a default configuration that is not suitable for production mode, and may cause developers to use insecure techniques during the development phase. Inside is a check list of settings that are intended to harden the default PHP installation.

4. Usability Checklists

Usability is the single most important part of web design. If the sites you design aren’t user-friendly, if they don’t work as expected, and if they confuse visitors, there’s really no point in even designing them—they won’t get used. The checklists below can help ensure your sites are usable by the vast majority of visitors.

Web Design Best Practices Checklist44
This Web Design Best Practices Checklist from terrymorris.net covers a wide variety of usability points, including page layout, browser compatibility, color and graphics use, and multimedia content. It’s very thorough, with more than 60 points to check.

Quick Usability Checklist45
This 7-point checklist from Ux Booth covers some of the most important elements of site usability.

Quick Usability Check List46

The Blog Usability Checklist47
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.

25-Point Website Usability Checklist48
The 25-Point Website Usability Checklist offered by UserEffect covers all the basic areas in which to check your site, including accessibility, identity, navigation, and content. It’s shorter than many other checklists, but it still covers all the important items. A printable .pdf-version49 is available as well.


Everyday Usability—14-Point Checklist for Success51
This checklist offers up fourteen points for making your website more usable and more effective. It covers everything from user testing ideas to link checking.

Usability.Edu: 25 Incredibly Useful Usability Cheat Sheets & Checklists52
A truly useful collection of usability cheat sheets and checklists for forms, blogs and more, all listed in alphabetical order. Useful!

The Usability Toolkit53
The Usability Toolkit is a collection of forms, checklists and other useful documents for conducting usability tests and user interviews.

Key questions to ask your usability testing supplier54 (PDF)
This document gives you some of the key questions you should ask your usability supplier and explains what to listen for in their answers. You can use it as a checklist during invitations to tender, when interviewing usability providers or when reviewing proposal documents.

Dr. Web: The Ultimate Usability Checklist55 (in German)
An extensive German usability-checklist writte by Stefan Nitzsche.

5. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Checklists

Common Sense SEO Checklist56
Chris Coyier’s list of pretty straightforward things to consider when publishing SEO-optimized content on your website.


The Ultimate SEO Checklist58
Optimizing your web site for search engines should be an integral part of your web site project, from the very beginning to the very end. Shirley Kaiser’s checklist that can be used as a guide to optimize your web site for search engines.

The Beginner’s Checklist For Small Business SEO59
Consider some essential SEO checks that are important for local small business sites. The following is a checklist of all the tasks that may be necessary for you to generate great results. See also The Beginner’s Checklist for Learning SEO60 and The Web Developer’s SEO Cheat Sheet61.


SEO Checklist63
There are “over 200 SEO factors” that Google uses to rank pages in the Google search results (SERPs). What are the search engine optimization rules? Here is the speculation – educated guesses by SEO webmasters on top webmaster forums. Should you wish to achieve a high ranking, the various confirmed and suspected Google Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Rules are listed below.

6. Marketing Checklists

Viral Marketing Campaign Checklist64
Once you’ve decided you’d like to create a viral marketing campaign, its easy to become too focused on the details, and miss the forest for the trees, but a good campaign is the integration of a lot of parts. Here’s a quick checklist to make sure you haven’t missed anything.


The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period!66
Here’s an extensive checklist for verifying you’re doing everything you can to market your website from Search Engine Guide. More information is linked from the headline of each category on the list.


Improving Conversion Rates Checklist68
If your Web site gets great traffic but no sales or sign-ups to back it up, it’s time to take a good, hard look at it. Chances are, your site is scaring off customers. Follow these tips to make your Web site more friendly to customers and encourage better conversion rates.


Checklists for starting your first business70
If you don’t have a business of your own, or are new to starting businesses, you’re probably at a loss for some of the details of what you need to do. So let’s work them out, keeping everything as simple as possible.

7. WordPress Checklists

WordPress: The Complete Post-Install Checklist71
Depending on how you’ve installed WordPress (manually or by a “one-click-install” that many hosting providers offer) – one of the very last installation steps is to choose a blog name and provide an email address. That’s where this checklist begins. More checkpoints72.


WordPress: Blog Maintenance Checklist74
If you use WordPress to run your website, at the minimum, you need to regularly check updates on such things as your theme and the plugins you are using. This WordPress-powered blog maintenance checklist is a reminder of tasks that you may need to do as well as tracker of such things as version numbers of plugins and themes.


WordPress: Theme Development Checklist76
A list of essential checks that you should consider before releasing a theme or launching your WordPress-powered blog. Another checklist77 and yet another one78 (incl. a printable PDF-version).


Now, there are many types of “moves” that can be performed for a weblog. This one not only involves changing hosts but also upgrading the blog platform version. And it all has to be done at the same time. It turns out that it’s not a problem-free switch. So what about a “brute force” process for moving and upgrading your weblog? On the off chance that it’ll help someone, here it is. Check also the WordPress Upgrade Preparation Checklist80.

8. Ultimate Web Design Checklists

149 Mortal Sins That Will Send Your Site to Web Design Hell81
This checklist from Web Pages That Suck is one of the most complete checklists out there. It primarily focuses on front-end design.

Screenshot - General Web Design Checklist82

The Official ‘Successful Website Checklist Challenge’83
This checklist breaks down important points over six different categories: Planning, Design/Layout, Usability/Accessibility, Content, Website Optimization/Standards, and Search Engine Optimization/Marketing.

Screenshot - General Web Design Checklist84

PC Limited’s Web Design Check List85
This is a very comprehensive checklist that includes ten steps for planning your site designs. Steps include sizing up your competition and choosing a domain name, among others.

A Solid Web Design Checklist86
This checklist includes both pre- and post-launch points to verify in a variety of categories, including typography and layout, accessibility, and consistency.

A Website Design & Development Project Checklist87
This checklist is aimed at both designers and their clients, and offers some great starting points for creating an effective working relationship.


Test Your Website: A 57-Point Checklist for Maximum Usability89
In addition to offering 57 points to check your site’s usability, this article also offers more resources for each of those points. A very valuable resource for creating more usable websites.


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Cameron Chapman is a professional Web and graphic designer with over 6 years of experience. She writes for a number of blogs, including her own, Cameron Chapman On Writing. She’s also the author of The Smashing Idea Book: From Inspiration to Application.

  1. 1

    Great Post.
    Realy useful…

  2. 2

    very, very usefull ! thanks a lot guys !

  3. 3

    Daiver Pedemonte

    June 29, 2009 7:24 am

    Easily the post of the year! Thanks!

  4. 4

    Wow, that’s a lot to wade through. Should come in useful once I start designing again.



  5. 5

    Great Compilation…very very useful. Thanks a lot.

  6. 6

    This is a great grouping of tips and such … just about anyone should and could find something useful here.



  7. 7

    this is brilliant. thanks smashing homies

  8. 8

    I aggree with Daiver Pedemonte

  9. 9

    Thanks again for another incredibly useful list!

  10. 10

    Thanks for another, very helpful post!

  11. 11

    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    June 29, 2009 9:09 am

    Excellent. Thank you for putting this together.

  12. 12

    Now that is an awesome post! Thanks Cameron (and Smashing).

  13. 13

    Just fantastic- every single one of these is going to help me out immensely. I’ve been meaning to put some design checklists together for my own work for some time now, but never seemed to get the chance to step back and look at the big picture. It never occurred to me that these might already be out here and available.
    Thanks a lot, Smashing!

  14. 14

    I happen to think our pre (accessibility) audit checklist is useful – http://www.dfpni.gov.uk/pre-audit-checklist-v1-4.doc

  15. 15

    I wish some people would use simply “my”.
    rather than “ultimate”, “essential”, “incredibly usefull” or “must-have”.
    collections are fine. so are occasional insights into other people’s workflow.
    But these “ultimate” collections get a bit silly imho…

  16. 16

    YEAH! Another example why Smashing Magazin is one of my topsites. Thanks!

  17. 17

    Most useful post ever!!!

  18. 18

    Thanks for compiling this useful collection of helpful checklists and sharing them with us.

  19. 19

    Thanks so much!! Ive been looking for around for such lists quite a lot in the past days. Great to find this guide!!

    Vielen Dank!!

  20. 20

    Easily the most useful post I have found in Smashing, or any other web development blogs, in a very, very long time. These will be implemented in our business immediately. Well done; Post of the year!


  21. 21


    June 29, 2009 12:15 pm

    Always useful, with uncanny timing. Thanks!!

  22. 22

    Speak of the Devil! I was just about to scour the web for some user questionaires. Cheers.

  23. 23

    Amazing resource… especially the client checklists and questionnaires.

    I hope my competition doesn’t see this post. ; )

  24. 24

    ok, your are simply smashing!!!
    gr8 post! thank u both !!

  25. 25

    You guys are absolutely the best! Your timing could not be better – I was working on putting together some stuff of this sort and then I saw this post of yours on popurls!! Thank you for such a well put-together list.

  26. 26

    Hey Cameron,

    Thanks for picking us out :)

  27. 27

    The Ultimate testing Checklist is out of date :
    “Here’s a list of the popular operating systems and browsers on which you might test your site.
    Browsers for Macintosh OS X

    * Safari 1.2
    * Mozilla 1.6
    * Firefox 1.0
    * Internet Explorer 5.2″

    OMG ! IE 5.2 ! ^^

  28. 28

    This site is my bible!

  29. 29

    Way cool.

    You truly mine the web for its hidden diamonds.

  30. 30

    A lot to digest, but looks like some very useful stuff! Will read in more detail when I have the time.

  31. 31

    Thanks Cameron – this is a great idea for a post, and a truly comprehensive collection. I’m delighted that my article has been included in such great company.

  32. 32

    nice dude !

  33. 33

    Chadwick Tuteaux

    June 29, 2009 8:44 pm

    I am afraid I did NOT find any useful information in this article. It seems to be stating the obvious. It does not give clear pointers on how to improve web site design, it just described what a person using his/her common sense would do.

    waste of time, space, money and bandwidth!

  34. 34

    really great post. thanks for this nice article. i really like. my link

  35. 35

    Great Checklist collection. This is very useful… thanks :)

  36. 36

    this is a very nice post

  37. 37

    I just searched for this the other day on Smashing!!! You read my mind…. Thanks for this!!

  38. 38

    that’s really useful! thank you..

  39. 39

    Way cool. Thanks for this!!

  40. 40

    smashing magazine made me cry (T_T) lol
    …you’ve compiled all of the useful stuff that I need to know

  41. 41

    Wow. What a great resource. Sometimes I’m so keen on getting to the design that I forget to ask some key questions or take into consideration a few essential elements. Great post!

  42. 42

    Raj Subramaniam

    June 29, 2009 11:14 pm

    Real useful stuff, very handy for Web developers.
    Thanks Cameron !

  43. 43


    Thanks for sharing.this information was really very good..i have more useful.Easily the most useful post I have found in Smashing, or any other web development blogs, in a very, very long time.

  44. 44

    Despite of the obvious character of the points mentioned I think it is a good article. I is a great source for newebies and for those who think they know already everything.

  45. 45

    Brilliant, so useful!

  46. 46

    Wow! Impressing list! Thanks!

  47. 47

    I’ll just dive and swim back to the rock, because I just don’t have time to read all of these.
    You need almost to take a month off so you keep up with Smashing Magazine =)

    There should be something or a machine that could process all of these into a tree, or to a single checklist, and then you’d navigate to the branch you want with all different and similar opinions on a subject.

    Navigating between articles of different sites, will easily get you out from focus.

  48. 48

    Amazing, resaourcefull article. I’m stunned with all the information available on this page…
    I must take some time during Summer Holiday to catch up on reading into most of the links…

    Great! Thank you Smash!

  49. 49

    Tim Holmes Design

    June 30, 2009 3:43 am

    One of the best articles you have featured.

    Excellent and extremely useful

    Muchos gracias SM


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    Really lot of nice resources here, to extend our wiki! Thanks!

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    This list will be a very great resource for me! Thanks.

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    “ Maxim Mag hold the record

    June 30, 2009 4:27 am


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    Thanks, a really useful resource. Checklists are helpful – although sometimes when speed is required they can be a little troublesome.

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    Too bad Freelance Switch is upgrading their WP blog while being featured at the beginning of this article.

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    Just thought I’d let you know that Dan Zambonini has added a few more useful design tools to our blog:

    Analyzing the Design of Websites: Apple, Microsoft & 37 Signals: http://boxuk.com/blog/analyzing-the-design-of-websites

    Web Design Checklist (just published today): http://boxuk.com/blog/web-design-checklist

    Hope these are also useful.

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    Perfect timing! This list is awesome! Thanks so much for putting it together!!!

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    Incredible post – I’ve already opened about half of these links in tabs, and can’t wait to go through everything! Will definitely link back here – thanks for putting this together!

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    Just in time! Thanks a lot for the very usefull article! :)

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    Brilliant! A checklist to make sure I’m using the right checklists.

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    jeee. zus. thats a lot of checklists. don’t forget to check off your checklist checklist. to make sure to got all your checklists. check. list.

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    Best post. EVAR!!!!!

    Seriously, great job Cameron.

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    Best post to date. So useful. Thanks.

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    really really helpful. thanks a lot

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    Brilliant post, I’ll definitely be linking back to it! Very useful

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    This site is incredible. Every time I check your feed my mind is blown by the quality of the work put into these articles. Cheers!

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    Crikey, that’s a pretty comprehensive list! Have printed off a few and stuck them on the wall – should prevent a few schoolboy errors here and there! Adam | Web Design Blog

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    thanks smashing! an overall good post, however I noticed some of the resources provided are a bit dated. (CSS Crib Sheet) has references to IE5

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    Cre8ive Commando

    July 1, 2009 4:25 pm

    Great post! There are some effective checklists that really help out with building a website. Here is a logo design walk-through that could help with putting together a logo design efficiently without any fuss.

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    I’ve read many somehow/almost/rather good articles here… but it’s been a long time since a read such a GREAT one!


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    Thanks for compounding such a comprehensive list, I am wiser because of it.

    Ryan G.

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    great great great list. Always needed a list like these. Now I can book mark this and come bck to it and go down the line for what i need

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    Thank you very much for this superb list! Smashingmagazine is one of my favourite websites. Keep on with you good work! Link

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    Adam Hermsdorfer

    July 5, 2009 6:34 pm

    What an unbelievable list! Universities could teach full online marketing classes based on these check lists. Will be be back to this page often!

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    Extremely helpful .. one of the greatest posts ever ! Thank you so much

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    Very extensive and great list. Thanks. Digimode

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    Wow! This was a very helpful resource. Thank you!

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    Excellent resource. Thanks a lot.

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    Amazing resource. I found tons of great lists that will save us a lot of time…

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    I’m afraid I’ve got to side with Chadwick here – really sort of just a collection of lists that overstate the painfully obvious. Anyone with a shred of common sense wouldn’t – no, *couldn’t* forget these things. Still love Smashing Magazine, but everything here is just regurgitation of Website Design 101.

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    @snipe – you’re right if you’re talking to a bunch of seasoned web folks, but you’d be surprised how many of my clients need this level of guidance. Somehow – the larger more established they are.. the less they’ve thought about this.

    Thanks Smashing for putting this list together!

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    I would like to add useful checklists and an amazing tool for web quality checklist: Opquast. It is very comprehensive for all web projects including those with a problem of accessibility or e-commerce.

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    not just, 45 Its 100% Useful Web Design Checklists, nice work ;)

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    These are great checklists. I like to use a printing checklist to prepare files: http://ljdesignstudio.com/ultimate-design-checklist-for-print-files

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    This will prove really useful when designing in the future! Great post! Thanks for sharing!

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    Wow. You guys must have read my mind: exactly thats the kind of information I need TODAY! Thanks a lot!

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    It was huge. Quite needful. Thanks

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    Yeah it’s a great stuff and I am sure I will get some information that I can use it as reference purpose.

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    Smashing Guys – you really must learn to practice what you preach! Firstly I searched ‘accessibility’, clicked on the first link ‘An Idiot’s Guide To Accessible Website Design | Tips’ and got a blank page LOOOOOL, then came to this page – point 4: Usability checklist, and clicked on the link about ‘did you make a custom 404 page?’ LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL priceless!!!

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    I’m obliged and I appreciate your efforts for mentioning about my article “The Ultimate Webdesign Usability Checklist”
    Thank you.

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    Hi Cameron,

    Its really a valuable post, thanks for organizing!

    I just found a 404(page not found) error for 1) Typographic Rules Checklist (PDF) and 2) Typographic Checklist (PDF).

    Logesh Paul

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    This is seems like a LANDMARK for questionnaire, thanks for you efforts on making such a brilliant site.

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    Very extensive and great list. Thanks.

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    wow. you guys really rocks. you made my day

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    Schahryar Fekri

    March 24, 2010 4:20 pm

    Very useful, as usual :)

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    This article is the funk !

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    I humbly express my gratitude for the post.

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    Raghavendra Mahendrakar

    May 14, 2010 9:06 am

    Excellent and very useful information…

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    Very kewl list. Thanks Smashing.

    Now, have you got any good examples of Website Time Schedules. You know, those annoying time shedules that you have to give to the client before the start; to say when things will be done and what is required of them, by a set date?

    I normally just send them a PDF/ Excel sheet of this stuff. But I was hoping to see some examples from others. (Get some design inspiration you know! :) )

    Thanks again.

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    Excellent. Thank you for Nice stuff. Keep posting

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    Only problem is finding the time to get through all of this! :)

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    Thank you very much for this very helpful list.

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    This was great. This saves me lots of time.

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    This is a kick ass post…thanks! (=^_^=)

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    This is very useful… thanks :)

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    Essex Website Designers

    October 12, 2010 5:13 am

    Hi, Mike from I4 Visual here

    Some very good rescources indeed :)

    these will come in handy, thank you for sharing^^

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    Dream Media Design

    October 19, 2010 5:11 am

    great in thanks for sharing

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    A general principle for all user interface design is to go through all of your design elements and remove them one at a time. If the design works as well without a certain design element, kill it. — Jakob Nielsen, author and consultant on user interfaces

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    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes

    November 15, 2010 4:39 pm

    Thank you soooooo much!!!!

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    “Comprehensive Web Design Checklist”

    This is so WRONG!

    NEVER let your customer decide on what a website should look like. NEVER ask them for design tips. This is YOUR job to design. NEVER compare with the competition.

    Read some Andy Rutledge if you need to learn that from a source.

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    This is amazing,

    I wish if all questions grouped by checklist type are put in ONE BIG PDF FILE.

    Your post is beautiful & you are more beautiful :)

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    Kesha @ XD Web Solutions

    December 9, 2010 8:35 am

    OMG, you are a life saver! I have a meeting with a client tomorrow who needs the full gamut and I’ve found so many additional items/questions to bring up and I’m so ever grateful!! Thanks so much for posting this huge list!

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    Great stuff, will be using these checklists for our projects! Or at least try to :)

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    Great post! There are some effective checklists that really help out with building a website. Here is a logo design walk-through that could help with putting together a logo design efficiently without any fuss.

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    Hey guys, looks like the link you have above “Ultimate Usability Design Checklist” (tgoden.com/index.php/the-ultimate-webdesign-usability-checklist/) is no longer the content it once was… rather an SEO trap. Thx.

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    Awesome post and Tanks for such big list ……..
    I am sure it will help manager as well as designers to maintain hassle free client relationship..

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    Thanks for the tips… all of these will be useful since I’m redesigning my portfolio now.

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    Wow, what a great resource for check-lists. Thanks for sharing! I will putting some of these to good use.

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    This is the QA checklist I have developed for personal use:



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    I’ve found that WordPress has unique requirements when it comes to launching a re-designed website. I’ve created a web design launch checklist specifically for WordPress outlining the design, development, SEO, tracking, backup, security & performance needed to make sure that your site is rockstar quality! Hopefully it helps some of the readers, as always thanks for the great articles!

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    muhibbur rashid

    May 25, 2011 4:33 am

    Really great post. I am searching just such think…

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    may loc nuoc nano

    July 17, 2011 6:32 pm

    this is an awesome post. many thanks

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    Fantastic post!

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    incredible thank’s so much

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    I see you have covered lots of things in your check list. This will be of great help for all. Web design websites, website designers needs to take some of the points into consideration before engaging in the Web design process so they come up with what the client wants and expects in the future.

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    What a phenomenal page. I came here only looking for a development process schedule or pricing list and I found a treasure trove of resources. We’re a WordPress shop so that was helpful. We do SEO and so THAT was helpful. Thank you so very much. BOOKMARK THIS PAGE!

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    Wonderful check list on all categories. Great work cameron.

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    Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

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    Hi! Thank you so much for such an amazing post! Really really helpful!

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    Awesome post!!! Bookmarked, Evernoted it and will link to it from my website as well! Thanks a lot!

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    Praveena Sarathchandra

    February 2, 2012 8:32 pm

    Invaluable checklists! Thanks for sharing!

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    This was helpful – meaningful hints

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    Alejandro Hurtado

    August 23, 2013 5:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing very helpful

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    Not a design checklist, but you may add my technical web application development checklist too Cameron: http://webappchecklist.com

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    An awesome collection of check-lists & questionnaires


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