Testing of any ICT solution should be extensive, thorough and iterative. In reality, it’s often last-minute, scant and leaves project managers crossing their fingers in hope.
Testing is imperative to a successful deployment. A great article on testing can be found on wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_testing
A great resource for seeking out almost instant feedback and critique on your wireframe designs can be sought at www.fivesecondtest.com. You can upload a screenshot or wireframe mock up and wait for the feedback to roll in. A perfect tool to help improve or streamline the potential usability of your website.
Making your site usable for people who have visual impairments or other disabilities is no longer a nicety of modern web design – it is a legal requirement.
If you’d like to understand more about this subject take a look at the following:
1. AA Compliance from W3C: www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT
2. Checklist of things to consider to make your content more accessible: www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/full-checklist.html
3. Advice from the Royal National Institute of Blind People: www.rnib.org.uk/professionals/webaccessibility/designbuild/Pages/design_build.aspx
One of the most overlooked stages in website design is the wireframing and mock up planning phase. If you want to build a wirefram yourself there are some terrific online tools available to you, none more so that the freeware app called http://www.lumzy.com/.
The purpose of a wireframe is to give you something akin to the architectural drawings of your website. The equivalent of drawing up blueprints if you were building a house.