Check before going live

There are some things that are often forgotten but should be checked before going live with a new shop.

This Checklist should help you to remember these things:

Language-settings

Do you really start a multilanguage-shop? No? Deactivate the languages you don’t need. Else the shop would check the browserlanguage and will redirect you to the referring language, which probably has no or the wrong content.

How to solve it:

  • Go to “Master Settings” -> “Languages” -> deactivate the languages you don’t need.
  • Clear the cachingfolder (by default the “/tmp”-folder in shoproot)

Productive mode

Maybe you used the debug-option in your templates with [{debug}]. Did you really removed it from all templates?

If you switch to “productive mode” all [{debug}]-tags are ignored.

How to solve it:

  • Go to “Master Settings” -> “Core Settings” -> “Main” -> enable “Productive Mode”

META tags

Many online stores have been well designed and extended by functionality. But check if you adapted the most obvious before you go live and the search engines start crawling: The META tags! Also check if your title tag, the description and the keyword tag fit the common usage. Also, think of the META tags in your translated sites!

How to solve it:

  • Go to “Master Settings” -> “Core Settings” -> “SEO” to adapt the title tag.
  • Go to “Customer Info” -> “CMS-pages” -> “META description start page” to adapt the META description.
  • Go to “Customer Info” -> “CMS-pages” -> “META keywords start page” and adapt the META keywords

Meta Tags: Noindex/Nofollow

During the development on a live system some developers tend to insert this meta tag to request the search engines to not index the site yet:
<meta name=”ROBOTS” content=”NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW”>

Before going live, make sure you changed it back again.

How to solve it:

Either, completely remove this tag as it is not essential or change it this way:
<meta name=”ROBOTS” content=”INDEX, FOLLOW”>

Change the password

Some of the older shops that didn’t update to a newer version yet, still use admin | admin as access to the admin panel.

How to solve it:

  • Go to the user administration in your admin panel and change the username to your e-mail address as well as the password for the admin user

htaccess settings

  • To prevent trouble with duplicated content or Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (AJAX & Co.) you better start your shop with correct settings in your htaccess

How to solve it:

  • These settings will always forward from domain.de to www.domain.to

Change standard content

CMS page “How to order?” (oxorderinfo)

The OXID front desk sometimes gets telephone calls from your shop customers. This is because the CMS page with the ID oxorderinfo is pre-filled by default with the OXID telephone number. Please change this content to your needs or de-activate this page. Additionally, this bug has been reported: https://bugs.oxid-esales.com/view.php?id=4408.

 

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