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Develop Sites on Secure Test Servers

Document Type: Standard


All HHS content development must be hosted on a test server or on a password-protected part of an external server.


Providing password-protected areas for content and site development prevents public viewing and allows for thorough review prior to going live.  Reasons for securing test servers may include: data verification, usability testing, link checking, and management review.


HHS should ensure that these servers remain inaccessible to the public, whether hosted internally or externally.

Related Web Standards and Usability Guidelines: