Taking your new site online can be a scary experience so we want to make the process as smooth as possible for you. We want your site to be in tip top shape before we do the official unveiling so this is the process that we take for each site to make sure they are ready to go live.
1. SEM Review:
Once the site is ready to go live (content wise) our Search Engine Marketing team will do an overview of the site and optimize the content, the title tags and the meta information for each of your pages. This process takes about an hour.
2. The Go Live Checklist:
After the SEM team has taken a look at the site, we do a go live checklist. The checklist is an overview of your site to double check that all images have alt tags, all links are good, all pages have content, etc. This process takes about an hour.
3. Move The Files:
After the checklist is done, your project manager will check in with you to make sure you are ready for us to take you live. In order to take your site online, we have to stop the development site, move your website files and database files to our production servers. This process takes about an hour.
4. DNS Changes:
Once the files and database have been moved, we are ready to make DNS changes to point your domain to the new site. DNS propagation can take up to 76 hours to complete. During this time, you may still see your old site.
6. Final Updates:
After DNS changes have been made we can start looking for your fabulous new site online. Once you are able to see your new site, get in touch with your project manager to let them know. Your project manager will need to make a few updates to your new site so that images and links are all pointing correctly.
7. Smile, It's Over:
You can take a deep breath, it's over and all of your hard work is live for the world to see!