Before going live:
Double-check and confirm with the client before going live regarding any 301 Redirects
The designer should always pay attention to the old permalink structure and should preserve it if possible in order to avoid tones of 301 (cause they can slow the website additionally)
Announce a live site URL in #af-changelog channel
1. write who designed the site
2. If we have a testimonial from that client, please link to it
3. Tag the designer and ask them to write a single paragraph explaining the project and ask them to highlight any unique elements
4. Tag @Jellian and @neiman
UPDATE CLOUDFLARE SETTINGS
The first thing we need to do is to go to: Dashboard ->Admin->Tools->Admin Tools
and to click on Update Current Domain
The second thing; in the same menu we will run the Cleanup tool as well in order to change all HTTP links to HTTPS secure links;
WHMCS user account update
Update site URL from dev to real one
set tags in WHMCS profile for IDX, MLS, TEAM or Agent, AF Network
Is the IDX activated/functioning on the live site?
Check all menu links that lead to IDX pages and ensure they are working
Perform a search from the property search page
Click on an individual property
Is the quick search working everywhere on the client site?
Does the quick search default to Residential / All (unless otherwise specified by the client)
Is Quick Search on the home page working?
Perform individual searches for a city, zip code, and MLS#
Is Quick Search on sidebar working?
Perform individual searches for a city, zip code, and MLS#
Check Meta description, check all links an buttons
Is the site visible to search engines?
Settings > Reading
Make sure to refresh Permalinks
Settings > Permalinks
The page must contain clients' info and must be linked inside the footer area at least.
Has the favicon been changed?
BROKEN LINKS AND PAGE REVIEW
Are all Menu tabs and Footer links working?
Are all of the links on the homepage working?
If there are links in the sidebar, are they all working?
If the agent has manually uploaded listings, are those working and are they displaying properly?
Are all pages displaying property? Do any of them look weird?
Are all of the blog posts displaying properly?
Are all of the team member pages displaying properly and do the buttons on those pages all work?
Are all of the linked social networks displaying properly?
MOBILE RESPONSIVE REVIEW
Review the site using the Mobile Responsive Checker and take notes for each device size for anything you notice that’s out of place
Does everything on the site appear to be scaling properly?
Does the menu break at any point before 979px?
Is there anything on the site that becomes hard to see at different sizes?
Is the quick-search adjusted properly?
Does anything look squished on any of the sizes?
Does anything look like it needs more padding on different sizes?
Make sure that the site has the default CTA’s setup.
If the site has some custom CTA’s do not edit them ask the lead designer to see if that is a client request.
If the site has the Home Valuation addon make sure that is setup properly
Make sure that the test address is showing in the Dropdown Menu
Make sure that Facebook and Google login buttons work
Make sure that the Home Valuation report has the client's information and check notifications email - it's empty by default
DIVERSE SOLUTIONS IDX SITES
Does it swap to the DS mobile interface when performing a Quick Search on the mobile site?
Is the mobile site showing the menu tab/link for the DS mobile interface?
Is the mobile interface showing the clickable link to go back to the regular site?
check the Google map on the IDX page and add the Google API key if needed
Is the header removed from the Advanced Map page?
Google map should have the proper API key
SHOWCASE IDX SITES
Has the map in the property search been changed from the default map view?
Make sure that the Default hot sheet is set to Grid Display
Sign in to the showcase account… set as grid view, then save as hotsheet named ‘Default’
Please double-check that /properties/ page is created as a main IDX search page and
/listing/ page for the listing detail pages
Are the featured areas on the home page showing listings when clicked on? (make sure to check each one)
Is the Our Areas page showing demographic info for the primary areas?
AREA PAGES CHARTS, BRANDING AND BODY COLORS
Make sure to check out the OnBoard data chart colors if they match with the rest of the website colors
Check out the Branding and the Body colors on City and Neighbourhood pages if they are matching with the rest of the website colors
If one of any of the colors on the Area Pages is unmatching with the rest of the website, make sure to report that to the Lead Designer of the website
BUYER AND SELLER GUIDES
On the buyer and seller guides page, is the tabbing working / switching correctly?
Make sure to fill out a test submission and send the guides to your email, and check out if the link is working, if not go into the Form Notification Settings, and change the URLs to the live domain URL. You will find the PDF guides in the Media Library to copy the links.
Are the PDFs correct with the colors and information from the about us page, and the correct address of the Client?
Are the Buyer and Seller Guides with their matching CTAs the right color, pulling the right Guide Images and are all the placeholders in place in the forms?
Make sure that all of the forms have CAPTCHA added.
On the Free Home Evaluation form, is the state showing that of the client instead of the default Florida
If the client has specified a different email address to display on the site (rather than the admin email), is it reflected on the From Email email of the user notifications?
Are the user notifications the guide forms showing the client (or group) name?
Are the blog posts showing X – Facebook Comments options?
If the Facebook Comments box does not appear on the blog posts go to Settings>No Page Comment>Click Enable All Comments for posts
AF LIVE SITE SEO / PAGE SPEED CHECKLIST
Each task must be completed by a designer and double-checked by live site team prior to a website being made live.
All pages must have a unique Title tag and Meta Description set in Yoast SEO plugin
No pages should have duplicate Title tags or Meta Descriptions.
Homepage should be named with the name of the company, and not “Home”.
All pages must have an H1 tag.
Global typography, button, color styles etc should always be set using the global Theme Settings, further css should only be added to the SCSS Editor… inline css should not be used anywhere.
All images used must have relevant Alt-Tag text
All images must be saved with a relevant and descriptive filename – No image should be named AdobeStock1987430983232.jpg for example.
All images must be compressed as much as possible without losing too much image quality and saved with an optimised file size – https://pixlr.com/x
Image sizes must be optimised for the real dimensions in which they will be displayed on the frontend – e.g. Do not use a 1000px width image in a 300px width space.
Mobile only sections must have all content further optimised for mobile display – e.g. Smaller images, less content etc.
Test for and fix any broken links on the website. https://www.drlinkcheck.com/
Each page on the website must pass Google’s Mobile Friendly test
Listing pages using custom hotsheets should not contain only the hotsheet shortcode and nothing else. The shortcode must be placed below an H1 tag and the page given a unique Title tag and Meta Description in Yoast SEO Module e.g. “Chicago Featured Listings” – “ Explore our hottest new properties for sale in the Chicago area”.
Blog Category pages must be given an H1 tag, title tag and Meta Description. E.g. sitename.com/category/uncategorized
Blog Author pages must be given an H1 tag, title tag and meta description E.g. sitename.com/author/daniel
The client should submit a sitemap to Google console
The site name and description must be updated in WordPress settings.