Development Guide

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Creating a robust and effective website involves several critical steps, from domain selection to ongoing maintenance. Tako Mojo will guide you through each stage to ensure a smooth launch and reliable performance. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown:

1. Choosing and Purchasing a Domain

  • Selection: Choose a domain name that reflects your brand and is easy to remember. Aim for something short, relevant, and without hyphens or numbers to avoid confusion.
  • Registration: Purchase your domain through a reputable registrar. Consider privacy protection options to hide your registration details from the public WHOIS database.

2. Hosting

  • Preferred Provider: Tako Mojo recommends WP Engine for hosting due to its superior performance, security features, and strong support for WordPress websites.
  • Setup: Select a hosting plan that matches your traffic expectations and storage needs. WP Engine offers various plans with scalable options.

3. SSL Certificates

  • Importance: SSL certificates encrypt data transmitted between your website and its users, essential for security and SEO.
  • Implementation: WP Engine includes free SSL certificates that can be easily activated from your hosting dashboard.

4. SMTP Considerations for Email

  • Setup: To ensure reliable email delivery from your website (e.g., contact forms, notifications), configure SMTP settings.
  • Spam Compliance: Use authenticated SMTP services and keep SPF, DKIM, and DMARC records updated to comply with new spam rules and improve email deliverability.

5. Routine Maintenance

  • Updates: Regularly update your WordPress plugins and themes to secure and improve your site.
  • Backups: Ensure regular backups are scheduled. WP Engine provides automated daily backups.

6. Security and Threat Mitigation

  • Monitoring: Implement security plugins and firewalls to monitor threats. WP Engine’s security environment also helps protect against common threats.
  • Resolution: Stay prepared with a response plan for potential security breaches, including ready access to backups and technical support.

7. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

  • Basics: Implement fundamental SEO practices, such as optimizing page titles, descriptions, and headers.
  • Tools: Utilize plugins like Yoast SEO for WordPress to help manage these elements effectively.

8. Optimizing Assets

  • Images and Videos: Optimize media files for faster load times. Use tools to compress images without losing quality and serve appropriately sized images based on user device.
  • Minimization: Minimize CSS and JavaScript files to reduce load times and improve user experience.

9. ADA and WCAG Compliance

  • Accessibility Standards: Ensure your website complies with ADA standards and meets WCAG 2.1 AA guidelines to make your content accessible to all users, including those with disabilities.
  • Screen Reader Accessibility: Implement semantic HTML and ARIA labels to improve navigation and usability for screen reader users. Regularly test your site with screen reader technology to ensure compliance.
  • Legal Considerations: In recent years, there has been a significant increase in litigation related to website accessibility. Failure to comply with ADA and WCAG guidelines can result in legal challenges. Statistics show a consistent rise in ADA digital compliance lawsuits, with hundreds of cases filed each year. Ensuring your website is accessible not only enhances user experience but also mitigates the risk of costly legal issues.

10. Mobile Optimization

Responsive Design: Ensure the website is responsive and performs well on various devices and screen sizes.

11. Additional

Analytics: Set up Google Analytics to monitor website traffic and user behavior, providing insights for future improvements.

Building and maintaining a website is an ongoing process that requires attention to detail and proactive management. Tako Mojo is committed to providing our clients with the knowledge and support needed to ensure their website not only launches successfully but continues to perform well and remain compliant with legal standards into the future.