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Friday, August 27, 2010

"Webmaster" Launch Checklist

I have a bunch of checklists that I really need to start sharing on this blog. Here's the first one, the "Webmaster" Launch Checklist. Just some basic things to check before going live with a site. If you have your own online, please link in the comments. If you think there is something I'm missing, please let me know. Admittedly a lot of this is covered by by "blank-static" project, which covers the basics like custom 404 and 500 pages. It's the little things...

General

  • Add Favicon
  • Add robots.txt
  • Validate HTML
  • Custom Meta data for each page: title, meta_description, meta_keywords
  • Setup FOSI Tag
  • Setup Google Account
  • Integrate Google Custom Search Engine (if required)
  • Integrate Google Analytics
  • Add site to Google Webmaster Tools (GMT)
  • Add sitemap to GMT
  • Submit to open source directory
  • Custom 404
  • Monitor 404's, broken links (I use Deep Trawl)
  • Ensure all assets under SSL are linked using https://

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