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February 22, 2022

Complete the Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist and take your ecommerce site to production! Leverage the power, scale, and functionality of the Magento 2 platform!

Going Live with Your Magento 2 Site

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Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist - Overview

The Magento 2 application is a popular open source ecommerce platform. In fact, its popularity is so broad that Magento 2 is the most used Content Management System (CMS) to create online stores worldwide. It is renowned for its robust, scalable architecture. It is compatible with the latest technologies such as PHP 7.x (and greater), which means faster load times than Magento 1. Furthermore, Magento 2 has many advanced features that allow the admin to update the ecommerce website automatically. 

Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist - Guide

This Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist will help you manage the go-live process with your application. Once you are familiar with the flexible sizing and pricing options offered with the different Managed Magento Hosting Plans to fit the size of your business, we are ready to dive into the necessary setup steps. We are here to guide you along the way to a successful go-live event with the Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist.

As you create a new Magento 2 site, or after the domain content is migrated to Nexcess, you may follow our provided checklist to bring your Magento 2 site to live status in production. In this Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist, we are outlining the step-by-step process to turn on your site. The checklist will help you keep track of the necessary steps to take the domain live.

The basic steps in the Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist are as follows:

  1. Setting Up Your Domain Name

  2. Making Your Base URL Updates

  3. Securing Your Site with a HTTPS Connection Setup

Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist - Step #1: Setting Up Your Domain Name

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Adding the Domain Name

Adding your custom domain and changing your domain in the Client Portal is the first step in the Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist, with the idea being to assign the domain name for the site. As you create the site, you will be allocated a temporary domain name from Nexcess. Next, you need to assign your domain name for the application. To use your custom domain name for the site, you will need to add your domain as the master domain from the panel. You may find the option via the Nexcess Site Panel >> Domain Options >> Modify Master Domain set of navigational options.

By renaming the master domain, you are replacing the temporary domain name of the application. So once the domain name is changed, reverting back to the temporary domain name is not possible:

Modify Master Domain Option in the Panel

Modify Master Domain Option

Modify Master Domain Option in the Panel

Modify Master Domain Prompt to Change the Temporary Domain to Your Custom Domain Name

Once the domain has been updated, the new domain will show in the portal. The Modify Master Domain option will run a search and replace in the site's database, which replaces any references using the temporary domain with references to the live domain. But to go live from the portal, the DNS will need to have been updated before changing the domain, and the Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate must have been enabled in the portal.

You may cross-check the DNS pointing of a domain to Nexcess and manage the DNS zone from the Nexcess Panel.

Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist - Step #2: Making Your Base URL Updates

The base URL change to bring the store live is the next step in the Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist to bring your Magento 2 store live. You may make the changes either from the application or via the Command Line Interface (CLI) as discussed in the Going live with your Magento 2 store article.

The base URL needs to have the temporary domain name replaced with your custom domain name. The following are the methods that could be used.

Method #1: From the Magento Dashboard: Admin > Stores > Settings > Configuration

Method #2: From Command Line Interface (CLI)

bin/magento setup:store-config:set --base-url=""

bin/magento setup:store-config:set --base-url-secure=""

Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist - Step #3: Securing Your Site with a HTTPS Connection Setup

Securing the site by enabling SSL provided by Nexcess is the last step in the Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist. Your domain will be secured with the HTTPS protocol. Ensuring that the communication protocol of domain is protected has a significant role in keeping your domain genuine and secure. You may use the free SSL option from Nexcess (via the Auto Let's Encrypt Certificate) or another SSL option for the domain. Ensure the domain is pointed correctly to the server using the DNS A Record (DNS Address Record), and the propagation is also completed (Check DNS Propagation). You may find the SSL option in the site panel as follows:

SSL Option on Your Site Panel

SSL Option on Your Site Panel

Enabling Free SSL

enable the auto SSL from the panel, make sure the domain does not have an AAAA Record, and that the A Record is pointed correctly to the server. Also, ensure that the DNS propagation of the domain is completed before you try to enable free SSL. The auto SSL is the same as the SSL provided from Let's Encrypt: 

Auto Let's Encrypt Certificate

Auto Let's Encrypt Certificate

Once you enable the SSL, you may find your custom domain (with or without WWW version) would be listed in this area. You may slide the bar from left to right to select the domain for which you wish to enable the SSL.

You may use a third-party SSL or purchase the SSL from Nexcess itself. You may use custom SSL for the domain. If doing so, you will need to import the certificates and then enable it for the domain. Also, you need to ensure that the Magento 2 store is also configured to use the SSLIn the User Secure URLs in Frontend dropdown list, select Yes. 

In the Magento application, searching is a vital part. You may use the tool 
Elasticsearch to incorporate premier search functionality. Elasticsearch, which is a powerful search engine that is integrated within Magento. Elasticsearch is used as a search engine in Magento. Since version Magento 2.4, Elasticsearch is a required component, and installation of Magento without Elasticsearch is not possible. You may enable this Elasticsearch from the Nexcess Panel.

For the domain to have a good performance, the site needs to be optimized. For guidance on how to optimize the site, you may refer to the How to optimize Magento performance article. The performance could be increased with various steps like adding an edge server caching solution, such as CDN on Magento 2 along with implementing image optimization and other recommended enhancements.

A common issue that you may face while using CDN on Magento 2 site is one related to the Cross-Origin Request Blocked (CORS) policy block error type. When this occurs, upon inspecting your domain, y
ou may find an error message similar to: 

Cross-Origin Request Blocked: The Same Origin Policy disallows reading the remote resource at <your_website>” 

This condition could be rectified by adding the 
CORS policy-based rule in your .htaccess file.

Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist - Completion & Success!

We wrote this Magento 2 Go-Live Checklist to help you with every step that needs to be taken to bring your Magento 2 live in a healthy way. As you continue to run your site with Nexcess Magento Hostingwe are here to help you resolve any snags or issues you encounter from time to time. 

Congratulations! We wish you much success ahead with the "helpful humans" at Nexcess on your team as your hosting partner!

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