Our Web Building Task List

Perhaps the most boring blog post of all time, but here’s the tasks we do on a typical website build.
As many of these are not seen by the client we are sharing for transparency.

Basic set up tasks

  1. Set up a domain name record (for the development site)
  2. Create space on the server
  3. add security certificate
  4. Set up database
  5. Set the PHP version
  6. Install WordPress
  7. Set time zones
  8. Add coming soon page
  9. Create user accounts for all
  10. Send Account passwords securely
  11. Delete the standard plugins and theme (leaving the newest theme as fallback)
  12. Delete sample pages and post
  13. Install premium themes and plugins
  14. Activate Licence key for all premium software
  15. Setup transactional email system to send emails from the server
  16. Configure SEO plugin
  17. Configure WordPress security plugins (firewall, alerts and scans)
  18. Make the site connect to our master maintenance site
  19. Add up-time monitoring
  20. Set up site backup schedules
  21. Set up Project Management System and personalise on boarding.
  22. Customise image cropping
  23. Clear Stencil’s image library account and set a new password for the client’s use
  24. Configure automatic image automation to the sites requirements.
  25. Reset Userback for client design feedback
  26. Set up blog (if needed)
  27. Customise blog comments setting to the site requirements
  28. Add blog spam protection
  29. Set up Forms (spam protection, email notification GDPR settings )
  30. Test forms
  31. Add Analytics code
  32. Anonymize Google Analytic (as appropriate)
  33. Check WordPress permalinks
  34. Add social share
  35. Set up Newsletter subscriptions
  36. Change all post and pages made by us is set to the client’s account
  37. Optimise database (clear revisions, transient data and any orphan database tables)
  38. Check server resources used (High RAM resources or long Time to First Byte issues)

Basic design tasks

  1. Add Favicon
  2. Create Pages
  3. Create custom 404 (ie. page not found)
  4. Create a custom privacy page to GDPR standards.
  5. Create and thank you pages and connect to forms
  6. Set up WordPress menus
  7. Set site header and text fonts
  8. Save brand colours to the theme and page builder
  9. Set up Header layouts
  10. Set up footer layout (with Copyright details)
  11. Set up Search layouts
  12. Set up blog ( any other dynamic achieve pages)
  13. Set up blog singular pages
  14. Basic Browser testing (Chrome Firefox and Microsoft’s Edge)
  15. Basic mobile and tablet responsiveness

Launch tasks

  1. Set DNS record for the new domain
  2. Turn off “coming soon” page
  3. Check robot txt (allow search engines to crawl)
  4. Set www and non www redirects
  5. Rewrite the database to the new domain
  6. The security certificates working on all pages and post (no mixed content)
  7. Configure and test caching for speed
  8. Check forms again
  9. Add page caching and test speeds
  10. Take external back-up.
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