New Aurora site is created with a draft URL. When the site is ready to go live, administrators should submit a go live request.
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Here’s the checklist for going live with your site on Aurora:
1) Check Admin Email
Be sure to check the admin email for the account, which is listed under Settings > General > E-mail Address. This email is used for a number of purposes, and is essential for any sites using the Gravity Forms plugin. The admin email receives all form results and notifications pertaining to Gravity Forms.
2) Change Tag Line
Be sure to change the Tag Line, which is listed under Settings > General > E-mail Address. This is used to enhance SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
3) Check for Broken Links
Go to your Dashboard, and check to see if there are any broken links. If there are, be sure to repair them before you go live.
4) Accessibility Check
Every site should have Contact Information in an obvious place (footer, main navigation, homepage). Read through the Accessibility Guidelines and perform spot checks on any pages you think might be problematic.
5) Request Live Site Address
Submit the Go Live Request form.
Once the change is made, you will be notified. Some will see the changes immediately, although it may take a few hours for everyone to see the new version of the site. You can reboot your computer to see the change immediately, or if you’re comfortable in the command line you can clear your DNS cache.
After Going Live
You will receive an email notifying you that the site is live. Now you should complete the following items:
1) Check for Broken Links Again
Run Broken Link Checker
Depending on how you made your site, it’s possible that there could be broken links in the Navigation or Homepage after the site address changes. Run one more check to be sure everything is ok.
- Tools > Broken Links
- Click the “Search” button on the top right.
- Leave all the fields blank, and hit Search.
Manually Check Any Widgets
The Broken Link checker doesn’t scan the contents of widgets like the Visual Editor and others. So on your homepage and any other page that uses sidebars. Check the links by clicking on them to make sure they work correctly.
2) Search Engine Visibility
Go to the Dashboard, and get to Settings > Reading. Make sure the Site Visibility is set to Public Access to allow Google and other search engines to crawl and index your new website.
3) Google Setup
Optional, but recommended.
Google will eventually find your site and index it. With Google Webmaster Tools, you can speed up the process.
This requires Analytics to have already been setup on your site, if you haven’t done that yet, go do that now.
While verifying your ownership, use alternative methods: Google Analytics. You may have to clear the site cache under Settings > WP Cache in order to properly verify.
4) Remove Old Site
It’s always a good idea to de-activate the old site to prevent your visitors from accessing the old/incorrect information. Old sites can show up in Google search results even after you’ve moved your address to the new site.
To remove old sites from the UITS web2 or web9 servers, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To remove old sites from other servers (Business, NEAG, Libraries, Law, Health, etc) please contact the administrator of that server.