Quality guidelines

Quality guidelines - specific guidelines
  • Avoid hidden text or hidden links.
  • Don't use cloaking or sneaky redirects.
  • Don't send automated queries to Google.
  • Don't load pages with irrelevant keywords.
  • Don't create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content.
  • Don't create pages with malicious behavior, such as phishing or installing viruses, trojans, or other badware.
  • Avoid "doorway" pages created just for search engines, or other "cookie cutter" approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content.
  • If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value. Provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first.
Quality assurance checklist:
  1. Content
    • spelling, grammar, mechanics
    • all critical information is present
    • titles, headers, and navigation labeled correctly
  2. Documentation
  3. Graphics and layout
    • image quality
    • download time
    • text layout
    • alignment of elements
    • color accuracy
  4. Browser compatibility
    • check on different platforms
    • check on different browsers
  5. User preference compatibility
    • font size
    • link colors and underlining
    • plug-ins
    • window size
¨  CERT guidelines
¨  GOI guidelines
¨  Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) guidelines
¨  Google Webmaster guidelines 
¨  WCAG 2.0 level AA guidelines
¨  Markup Validation
¨  Web 2.0 validation
¨  IEEE 830-1998 for SRS standards
¨  IEEE 12207 for development  phase standards PERT chart
¨  Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate*
¨  E-Governance Standards*
¨  CCA guidelines for Digital signature (DSC)*
¨  Website quality certificate from STQC
¨  Customer trust and online credibility
¨  Mcafee secure Online antivirus Verification
*for Online shopping cart & etender
¨  PHP open source
¨  eLearning module
¨  Forum for students & scientists
¨  Flipbook for ebulletin
¨  Unlimited server space
¨  Internet marketing
¨  Separate email server to avoid hacking
¨  Google multi language tool
¨  Web 2.0
¨  Page loading time is low
¨  Open architecture for import/export data files to other apps
¨  Object oriented & work flow integration approach
¨  HTML, CSS validations
¨  Source codes are encrypted
¨  Password protected
¨  Detailed logs maintained
¨  Daily automatic backups
¨  CERT IN certificate
¨  GOI guidelines followed
¨  MCAFEE online antivirus
¨  Images are protected by watermarks and not allowed to download
Quantifying performance
¨  Accepts unlimited user logins
¨  Handled more visitors at a time
¨  Server uptime 99%

The checklist

  1. Quality of code
    1. Does the site use a correct Doctype?
    2. Does the site use a Character set?
    3. Does the site use Valid (X)HTML?
    4. Does the site use Valid CSS?
    5. Does the site use any CSS hacks?
    6. Does the site use unnecessary classes or ids?
    7. Is the code well structured?
    8. Does the site have any broken links?
    9. How does the site perform in terms of speed/page size?
    10. Does the site have JavaScript errors?
  2. Degree of separation between content and presentation
    1. Does the site use CSS for all presentation aspects (fonts, colour, padding, borders etc)?
    2. Are all decorative images in the CSS, or do they appear in the (X)HTML?
  3. Accessibility for users
    1. Are “alt” attributes used for all descriptive images?
    2. Does the site use relative units rather than absolute units for text size?
    3. Do any aspects of the layout break if font size is increased?
    4. Does the site use visible skip menus?
    5. Does the site use accessible forms?
    6. Does the site use accessible tables?
    7. Is there sufficient colour brightness/contrasts?
    8. Is colour alone used for critical information?
    9. Is there delayed responsiveness for dropdown menus (for users with reduced motor skills)?
    10. Are all links descriptive (for blind users)?
  4. Accessibility for devices
    1. Does the site work acceptably across modern and older browsers?
    2. Is the content accessible with CSS switched off or not supported?
    3. Is the content accessible with images switched off or not supported?
    4. Does the site work in text browsers such as Lynx?
    5. Does the site work well when printed?
    6. Does the site work well in Hand Held devices?
    7. Does the site include detailed metadata?
    8. Does the site work well in a range of browser window sizes?
  5. Basic Usability
    1. Is there a clear visual hierarchy?
    2. Are heading levels easy to distinguish?
    3. Is the site’s navigation easy to understand?
    4. Is the site’s navigation consistent?
    5. Does the site use consistent and appropriate language?
    6. Does the site have a sitemap page and contact page? Are they easy to find?
    7. For large sites, is there a search tool?
    8. Is there a link to the home page on every page in the site?
    9. Are links underlined?
    10. Are visited links clearly defined?
  6. Site management
    1. Does the site have a meaningful and helpful 404 error page that works from any depth in the site?
    2. Does the site use friendly URLs?
    3. Do your URLs work without “www”?
    4. Does the site have a favicon?

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