Duration: 2 weeks
Minimum of 2 meetings with client (Business SME) for questions and investigations beyond the site. Also full access to the source code of the site.
Promotion and Marketing of the product:
Assessing the overall architecture overview quality of a website is crucial to ensure its performance, scalability, security, and maintainability.
Scalability and Performance:
- Look for information on how the website handles increased traffic and user growth.
- Check if the website utilizes caching mechanisms and content delivery networks (CDNs) to optimize loading times.
- Check if the architecture allows for horizontal scaling to handle increased demand.
- Ensure that the website uses HTTPS to encrypt data transmission.
- Look for security features like cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection prevention.
- Check for regular security updates and patches to the underlying technologies.
- Test the website on various devices and screen sizes to ensure it’s mobile-friendly.
- Check for responsive design that adapts the layout for different screen resolutions.
- Review the website’s code structure and adherence to coding best practices.
- Check for code modularity, readability, and maintainability.
- Look for any code smells or potential performance bottlenecks.
- Examine the database schema for efficiency and normalization.
- Check for proper indexing to optimize query performance.
Data Backup and Recovery:
- Ensure that the website has a robust backup and disaster recovery plan in place.
- Check if the website is accessible to users with disabilities, adhering to accessibility standards (e.g., WCAG).
- Ensure that the website’s codebase is under version control, preferably using a popular version control system like Git.
- If the website has APIs, check for clean and well-documented API design.
- Examine third-party integrations to ensure they are secure, reliable, and maintained.
Monitoring and Analytics:
- Check if the website has monitoring tools in place to track performance, errors, and user behavior.
- If applicable, ensure that the website complies with relevant legal and industry standards. (PCI and HIPPA Compliance are extra) – GDPR and CCPA will be checked
- Assess the website’s hosting environment for stability, scalability, and security.
- Look for comprehensive documentation that covers the architecture, deployment, and maintenance of the website.
A full report with all the findings and recommendations for improvements will be presented at the end of the investigation and discovery period.