Go-live checks and considerations

There’s a number of things you should check when going live on Silverstripe Cloud to ensure your go-live is as smooth as possible.

Check your domains are registered for this environment

To ensure your domains properly route to your stack you should check that any domains intended to point to production have been entered into the Configuration tab.

Check the DNS to point your domains to

The DNS to point your domains to is available on the environment configuration page, if you are using a WAF such as Incapsula you should ensure your domains point to the WAF.

Check production has the correct codebase, database and assets

Ensure that production has the correct content before going live, you may wish to restore a snapshot from UAT to production to sort this.

Check that emails work

Sending emails from custom domains (anything other than example@stackID.cwp.govt.nz) will not work unless you have updated the SPF record. This should be tested prior to go-live.

Be prepared for real-world traffic

Prior to go-live, it is important to understand the amount of traffic your site can handle and how much traffic you expect it to receive. Load testing is the best way to figure this out, if you locate pages that load slowly consider adding caching or cutting down on database queries per page load.

Configure HTTPS

HTTPS is an important security feature and also improves a site’s standing on search engines. See the SSL section for how to implement HTTPS on Silverstripe Cloud.

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