A checklist for when a WordPress site is going live
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Checklist for when putting a Wordpress site live

  • A list of stuff to do when setting a WordPress site live.
  • Avoid putting a site live on a Friday.

Before going live

  • Check all links, main navigation, sub navigation and mobile navigation.
  • Javascript and CSS files are minified.
  • Make a backup of all files. It is always good to have all the files backed up somewhere in the same condition as when the site goes live.
  • Delete unnecessary users and set correct users role. Avoid unnecessary admin accounts.
  • Check if favicon is there and apple-touch-icons as well and displaying correctly.


  • Install a SEO Plugin. WordPress SEO
  • Check if title tag is displaying friendly titles.

After going live

  • Check all links, again.
  • Check if system administrator will be doing a scheduled backup of files and database. If not set up a a backup plan. Updraft Plus is quite a quite good free plugin.
  • Install a caching plugin. WP Super Cache is fast and easy to set up.


  • Disallow Dashboard editor for security reasons. Place define( 'DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT', true ) in the wp-config.php file.
  • Install a security plugin. Wordfence is a quite good free plugin.