Things You Must Check Before Making Your WP Site Go Live

Designing and developing a website requires a lot of professional and technical skills. Many professional Web developers and designers face challenges while working on a specific project because it is challenging to meet all the requirements of the client. And once you get a client’s approval, you would think that the easy part of transferring the website to the live server starts.

It is essential for a developer to cross-check the website before going live because even a single error could adversely affect the image of the website owner which he had sought to build in the first place.

Therefore I believe it is essential for developers to run the following checklists before transferring a site to the live server.


Project’s Brief Checks

A website developer usually checks if the website is accomplishing the agreed brief at various time intervals in the development process. But, he should cross- check it again before making it live.

And these checklists may differ from project to project; however there are some general checks to be considered:

(a) Always check the brief: Cross-check if all agreed features and elements of a website are covered.

(b) Review issues or tasks: If you are using a task tracking system, check that all issues have been closed and all tasks completed.

(c) Check for copyright material: Check if the site is infringing any copyright before going live. Look especially for photo credits.

(d) Review the requested changes: If your client requested for any change during the development process, then you should review changes before the website’s final launch.

(e) Check Live Versions: If you have developed any dummy logins, or linked the website to the sandbox PayPal setup, convert them to the live versions.

(f) Test WordPress Admin Customization: If you have customized the WP admin, check that all customization is working smoothly.

Check the Website’s Strength

It is important for you to review the robustness and strength of a website before transferring it to the live server.

(a) Cross-Browser Test: You should test your website on all browsers that you have agreed with your client. To do this, check the content by using each template in your theme: single pages, posts and custom post types.

(b) Check its Mobile-friendly feature: In today’s mobile world it is essential to check whether your website is running smoothly on mobile devices of different makes and sizes.

(c) Test the accessibility of a site: Test the website’s accessibility before transferring it to a live server.

(d) Verify your Code: Use the W3C’s Validator to verify the code of your site. You can keep your site away from any complications and downfalls by verifying the code of the site.

Future-Proofing of the Website

Under this, you need to test the flexibility and versatility of your site because the users quickly attract to the dynamic sites. Therefore, you should make sure that your website is ready for future improvisations.

(a) Check for Back-up: Create a backup of all your files and database before the launch of a site.

(b) Cross-check whether your basic SEO has been set up: Meta descriptions and titles should be worked into your theme, or added by using an SEO plugin.Depending on the requirements of a project, you may need to spend time developing the plugin to meet the needs of your client.

(c) Google Analytics: You can configure the website for Google Analytics by using a plugin or by introducing the tracking code to your WP theme.

(d) Create an automated backup system: You can create an automated backup system for your themes, plugin files and database. You can also use the WP plugins like Backup Buddy to keep files and database safe.

Final Steps

The final part of the checklist is very simple and short and completes the launch process.

(a) Approval: You may require the client sign- off again. Make sure that your clients are aware that their website has gone live. Therefore, it is imperative for you to convey all messages to your clients related to the website’s final launch. You can also promote it through social media, blog posts, etc.

(b) Invoice: You should send an invoice to your client before making your site go live.

Wrapping it up

The checklist mentioned in this post enables you to run a check on your website before its official launch. Through this, you can avoid considerable amount of future issues and potential embarrassment, at the same time you can have a positive impact on the customer

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