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Stages of preparing your application before going live
Checklist for going live
Preparing your application for going live is an essential process as after you’ve been working on it for quite a long time, you have to make sure it’s launched correctly. The way you launch, maintain, and present your application makes a huge impact on the long-term success and profitability of your enterprise. This article provides a checklist of important steps you need to undertake in order to make your application run smoothly.
1) Application configurations
Any application requires some configurations before you can push it to your live environment. Think about configuring your SMTP domain or setting a favicon if you haven’t done it yet. All of these points are mentioned below.
Fill in data on the production environment
Configure production credentials for API connection
Set up custom page title(s)
Disable logging / debugging for the production app
2) Custom domain (optional)
If you’ve developed a fully customized front-end on top of your back-end application, you might want to show this custom UI through your own domain. Most of the points below are mentioned in this article.
Arrange custom domain
Request SSL certificate
Set up an SSL certificate on a custom domain
Betty Blocks needs to install SSL-certificate
Whitelist Data API
Making your application undergo some testing is a good habit before going live with it. We have some tests to check if the application has any vulnerabilities that could occur once you’ve pushed it live.
Perform stress test
Double-check roles and permissions
Perform at least one end-to-end test on the production environment
User testing round
When you want to push your application to a live environment, it is wise to delete your test data and make sure that the live data is ready to be implemented.
Fill production database
Double-check production text
Double-check roles and permissions on your datamodel, and make sure users can only acces data they are allowed to see.
Make sure you schedule the releasing events due to the plan and within a certain time frame. Down there is a number of steps you are recommended to follow:
Plan go-live moment
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Inform the support team after the go-live moment
Inform end-users about going-live
This section includes some general suggestions like involving your end-users in communication to obtain valuable feedback.
Write a manual for end-users
Perform an application review and implement the recommendations
Give end-users the possibility to share feedback
Keep in mind that even after accomplishing these points, you need to maintain and support your application as customer demands are evolving over time. Gather some useful feedback, think about adding new features in the future, and improve already existing ones. All in all, have your finger on the pulse of changing circumstances and you will succeed with your product, and if you have some questions, reach out to our community. Good luck on your way!