Going Live With Your New Static Site

Exciting times! You’ve tested how your static site is going to look, fixed your contact form and maybe added fullsite search.

Before we start editing DNS records or deleting old WordPress installations, let’s plan the switch to our new static site, to ensure no disruption to your users via site outages.

Disaster Recovery Plan

“Expect the worst and hope for the best and you’ll never be disappointed!” – ancient systems administrator wisdom

Spending a bit of extra time to have a method of recovery if anything goes wrong will not be wasted time when things go right, which we hope will be the case for the majority of users. We’ll offer some tips for backing up your WordPress files, database and DNS records (where applicable), along with a process you can choose to follow that can help catch errors early on.

The rest of the steps are listed in point form, if you’re still unsure/feeling uneasy about making the switch, feel free to Contact us for more advice.

  • Back it all up (twice!)
  • Switching your DNS host in advance
  • Deploy your static site to the (future) production server
  • Preview the switch by changing your local DNS records
  • Point your DNS records to the new server
  • Verify global DNS has changed to the new server
  • Verify your local DNS has changed to the new server
  • “Smoke test” your newly deployed site
  • Check your emails and any other DNS dependent services
  • Publish a minor change from your development site
  • Retire your old server
  • Profit!