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How to Deliver a Well-Coded Website

Many websites might look fine on the outside, but it is just as important to have a website’s makings look beautiful as well. The end user might not be able to notice a website’s underlying bad code when they visit a site, but chances are they experience the faultiness in some way. There are several ways, both simple and complex, to assure the quality of a website or application.

As with most projects, it all starts with organization. You cannot expect something that is sloppy and erratic at its core to produce something that is refined and well-polished at it's final stages. This can be especially said for a website or application. Websites that are not well organized tend to be littered with errors, jarring, hard to maintain, as well as many other unpleasant attributes. To deliver great organization, everything must have a reason for its placement and definition. Properly tabbing code, creating the correct classes, and dividing up portions and pages of a website all go a long way in producing order and reason to the skeleton of a project.

When an organized and flexible plan is in place it is easy for several developers to collaborate and produce efficiently. Using the same naming conventions and logically organizing code allows for easier maintenance and faster builds. Developers are not the only ones that influence the structure of a site, but SEO specialist, content providers, and designers all impact the way a site should be built. It is important to realize that SEO specialist might want to modify the header tags, or designers might want to position content in a completely unique way. From the beginning, flexibility in the code must be thought out and accounted for.

It is also important to account for the user. Users are not robots, and most of time each user will not complete a task the same way as another user, which is why it is always important to account for failure and mishaps. All code must be error-proof. If a certain section can be broken, it will be and it is important to consider all possible interactions and issues. When a user needs to fill out specific fields, notify them appropriately and remind them if they did not. Don't allow a user to put a negative amount in their cart, and don’t let them visit content that is not ready. Gracefully notify them of any errors and direct them to the correct solution.

The most important contribution that can be done to produce an impeccable website is to care about the details. Make sure that animations are smooth and are correctly started and stopped. Use the appropriate element for the appropriate task. Properly comment sections and functions. Establish a hierarchy of content. All of these show a care for the structure of a website now and for the future. When a website or application is handled with the utmost care, it will surely show through in the final outcome.

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