To ensure consistency in performance and user experience Magento websites require a constant audit. In this post, we have mentioned some tips to audit your Magento 2 website that you must do before development and immediately after you go live.
Magento 2 Website Audit – Pre-Development Checklist
1. Security policies
Protect your site from hackers by having a proper site security policy. Check if the site has the latest security patch installed and as per the report you can install the specific patches.
2. Magento 2 implementation audit
It is very important for Magento developers to have exposure to all the new features, enhancements, and bug fixes offered in Magento 2 version as this helps them utilize the full potential of Magento 2 and enhance the overall performance of the site.
3. Web Security Testing
PCI-compliance is very important to strengthen your eCommerce store. Use various security tools to audit your site and take necessary steps if the report shows the site is vulnerable. Cybersecurity and managed security service providers can scan your site on a periodic basis to reduce security risks and protect data.
4. Use PHP version
You have updated the PHP version to PHP 7 when you upgrading to Magento 2 as this will ensure smooth performance and avoids any compatibility issues between the Magento version and PHP version.
5. Avoid 404 pages
SEO is one of the main concerns in maintaining site performance. If you have recently migrated from Magento 1 to Magento 2, ensure that you follow the best practices in SEO. Check if all your redirect links are working and avoid 404 pages.
6. Timely backup and test
How often do you backup your eCommerce website? Do you check if the backup operational mode or failover is in place? When the site is attacked, ‘Failover’ is very much needed to recover from the disaster and put the site back to live in the least possible time.
Magento 2 Website Audit – Post-live checklist
1. Update basic information regularly
Regularly update your Magento 2 store information like contact details, email IDs, names, and addresses. They all should be updated as and when changes are made. This helps avoid site users from getting frustrated when they hurriedly look up to your support services.
2. Site Load speed
Your site should load quickly. Always check if the loading speed matches the expectations. Generally, the actual speed depends on the different customizations you have made on each site page.
3. Using the PageSpeed tool
You can use the Google PageSpeed tool to assess your site pages and provide scores besides recommendations on where you need to improve. Based on the outcome, you have to customize or modify the page. Make sure you get at least a ‘good’ score.
4. Magento Coding Standards
5. Site Monitoring
Site monitoring is an essential part of maintaining the user experience. When you monitor systemically, you look for potential problems before they occur and also prevent them from causing huge damage. You must implement complete server monitoring and an alert system that quickly notifies errors and issues as and when they occur.
For instance, if you monitor an eCommerce site, you need to assess parameters like conversion rate, average order value, page views, average session duration, bounce rate, revenue across channels (organic search/paid/email), and devices (desktop/laptop/mobile), etc.,
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6. Check Sitemap configuration
Sitemap configuration is a must for search engines for proper crawling and indexing of the site. An improper sitemap will cause SEO issues and also disappoint site visitors. An auto-generate of sitemaps, a feature in Magento 2 allows you to set ‘auto-generate’ either daily or weekly or monthly as per your requirements.
Follow these tips to keep issues at bay before you get into the development phase and after going live.
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