After months of site development, code, more code, and long hours, launch day arrives. A site launch can come as a relief, create a bittersweet moment, or one filled with pride and a sense of accomplishment, not unlike a parent sending a child off to their first day of kindergarten. Every team wants their deployment process to be as close to a gentle push into deep waters as possible. At Zivtech we've launched many Drupal sites, and have compiled a checklist that we use to help things stay snag-free. We typically run through the checklist several days before launch, once the site is already on its production server(s). It ensures we didn't miss anything critical to a live site and reminds us to change settings that are appropriate only during the development cycle. This list is geared toward Drupal 7 sites but can be used for earlier versions with little difference. We hope this checklist helps prepare you and your site for the big day. Feel free to comment on items we should add or that you do differently.
On /admin/config/development/logging Set the 'Error messages' display to 'None'.
If using SSL (you should be), change your local /etc/hosts to point the site to its live domain and ensure SSL redirection is working correctly.
Make sure all features are up to date so that the launch configuration is saved and can be reverted to.
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