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Pre-Launch Checklist

After providing a training / handover session, here's a quick checklist that our project team uses when launching new sites:

  • Check the client's account contact details are entered correctly (via Dashboard > Settings > My Account). 
  • Run a test of the contact form to make sure enquiries reach the client's inbox.
  • Check mobile devices to ensure the layout and mobile menu function correctly. 
  • Check all links and phone numbers on at least the home page, contact page, and in the header and footer. A quick way to do this, is to simply hover over links and view the address.
  • Run the link checker tool via Dashboard > Pages > Check Links.
  • Check the sitemap in Incognito mode via www.website.com/sitemap, and hide any pages that shouldn't be displaying. 
  • For Commerce clients, ensure the notification e-mail address is set (via Dashboard > Settings > Commerce > Invoicing). Run a test purchase via the online store. An easy way to do this, is to configure the bank transfer / direct deposit payment method. 

Additional Items:

  • Setup a favicon (more info here).
  • Set SEO keywords and descriptions on at least the home page.
  • Copy Google Tag Manager & FB Pixel from previous site. 
  • If they're moving from an old site, ensure Page Re-directors are setup from old addresses to new (Dashboard > Website > Pages > Re-directors). 
  • Check sizes of images and video for impact on load time and bandwidth / storage usage. The network tab of Google Chrome dev tools is a quick, easy way to check. Otherwise check out https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
  • Clean up the colour palette (generating a design multiple times can cause this to get messy. Check by changing the background color of a section).