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A list of things to double-check before you go live

Check List

SITE Indexing

Make sure your site is indexed as soon as possible by Google and ensure that ranking for an existing site isn't substantially impacted

Google Analytics before Go Live
Google Search Console immediately after Go Live
robots.txt - this file needs to be altered to allow bots like Google to start cataloguing the site at Go Live


You can put alternative URLs in place for important pages to reflect the old structure of your site and ensure links don't break. 

Preparation before Go Live 
Upload with help from the consultancy at least 48 hours before Go Live
Self-service upload at Go Live

Domain Names and Redirects

Ask the webteam for help if you are unsure of the procedure

Applying for a domain name at least 6 weeks before Go Live
Switching over the same domain name at Go Live
re-directing a domain name or a web address to a particular part of the site
1. information to the consultancy at least a week before Go Live
2. switching over the domain name at Go Live


There are one or two things to keep an eye on as you publish your pages. Running a link checker just after launch can also help.

Publishing sub-pages at Go Live or just before
Checking links - check that full links to internal pages have been entered correctly  just after Go Live


Support and Mailing Lists

There are a number of lists that the editor in chief (and the department administrator if they wish) should be signed up to.

The Editor in Chief should have an account set up on the Haiku Helpdesk. As soon as you have signed your contract
The Editor in Chief should have an account set up on Haiku HQ to take part in the voting process and submit feature requests. This account is also used by the consultancy to let you know about new releases and any significant events. As soon as you have signed your contract
Editors and anyone interested can join the MSD Haiku Editor's mailing list. As soon as you have signed your contract
The Editor in Chief should also set up a route within their department or unit for general users to get help. At Go Live or as soon as other editors start using the site


Get your own check list

We've created a public Trello board for the pre-launch checklist. You can copy the entire board and then use it in your project plan.