26 point plan to ensure a successful Magento 2 launch

Launching a website can be a stressful time, here's a helping hand for anyone experiencing a Magento 2 go live.

24 Feb 2017
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Ryan Eshelby

Magento 2 offers a range of new improved features such as full page caching, improved checkout process and also being built using a new architecture for improved development. A significant step on from the initial offering of Magento way back in 2008.
In November 2016, we launched our first Magento 2 project for a premium supplier nutrition supplements; Amrita Nutrition, which you can read about here. We thought we would help others along the way and share our experience and knowledge on this much improved platform.

The downloadable pre launch checklist goes through 26 key configuration settings and areas which should always be checked before the site is launched.

As a little taster, we have given you the first 5 below. The full PDF checklist can be downloaded for free here.  

1. Transactional Emails

(Marketing > Email Templates)

Transactional emails are used for all email communication throughout Magento. They are what the customer receives when signing up for an account, placing a new order and also receiving their order shipment confirmation.

Magento’s transactional emails come with standard content which should be changed to meet your requirements.

2. Cron Job

(Stores > Configuration > Advanced > System > Cron (Scheduled Tasks)

In Magento 2 the cron job runs all scheduled tasks such as reindexing, catalog price rules, generating e-mails/newsletters and also sitemaps.
If this hasn’t already been setup on the service, you can find a great guide on how to do this here - http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/config-guide/cli/config-cli-subcommands-cron.html

3. Contact Information

(Stores > Configuration > Sales > Contacts)

This is the email address used for all communication such as contact form submissions.

4. Change Admin URL

(Stores > Configuration > Advanced > Admin > Admin Base URL)

For security reasons, it’s highly recommended the default admin URL is changed.

5. Robots.txt

(Stores > Configuration > Design > Search Engine Robots)

A robots.txt file should be created to prevent search engines indexing any incorrect or private URLs.
In the Admin under Search Engine Robots, ensure ‘Default Robots’ are set to Index, Follow.
In the Admin under XML Sitemap, ensure ‘Search Engine Submission Settings’ are set to enabled.
Recommended values:
Disallow: /lib/
Disallow: /*.php$
Disallow: /pkginfo/
Disallow: /report/
Disallow: /var/
Disallow: /catalog/
Disallow: /customer/
Disallow: /sendfriend/
Disallow: /review/
Disallow: /*SID=
Download the full Magento 2 Pre-Launch Checklist here

If you have any queries or would like a quick chat regarding an area of Magento 2 will would be more than happy to take your call and put you onto one of our specialists here.

Call: 0114 279 7779 or Email: hello@quba.co.uk to get in touch.