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By JC
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How much testing should go in to a site prior to launch?

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By iOPW
The question seems benign enough however the answer is a little more complicated than one might think.
 
In short: "It depends on the type and style of your website"
 
There are however certain areas that you should expect to be tested by your development team based on the following website types:
 
E-commerce
Sites that support the sale of products.
 
- The dev team should have ensured your shopping cart is fully functional and that a full purchase can be completed from point A to Z.
 
- Both the "Happy Path" and the "Alternate Paths" should be tested. Which is to say aside form a successful purchase test, being able to cancel in the middle and towards the end of a purchase should also be tested.
 
- If the user has the ability to create an account to store data this is an area that should be tested.
 
- Mobile responsiveness and overall layout.
 
- All links should be tested within the site to ensure they're active.
 
- Security of the website should be reviewed for proper setup. (SSL Certificate installation and any other form of active monitoring programs).
 
Informational
Sites that deal with providing data (news/ blog etc.)
 
 
- Mobile responsiveness and overall layout.
 
- All links should be tested within the site to ensure they're active.
 
- If the user has the ability to subscribe the subscription process should also be tested.
 
The above are some of the basic areas which should be tested. The true answer to your question is not "how much" should be tested but instead "which areas" should be touched during your tests.
 
The true focus of a test would be to ensure that the intended functionality of the website is ..well.. functional!