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Technical References

Using the self-launch tool in VIP Dashboard

1. Click the “Launch your app” button

When the site is ready to be launched, click “Launch your app” on the left-hand side of the application‘s VIP Dashboard.

This will begin the flow for the final launch steps, detailed below.

2. Add production domain

If the production domain was not added pre-launch, it can be added by clicking “Launch this site” on the left hand side of the application‘s VIP Dashboard. If your production domain has been previously set, you will instead see a prompt to continue to the next step.

3. Set the primary domain

Using the VIP Dashboard, switch the convenience domain (used during development) to your production domain. In this step, the self-launch tool will perform a search-replace on your database.

After this step is complete, you may QA your site using a modified local hosts file.

4. DNS Changes

With the TTL lowered, the production domain can now be pointed to VIP at your domain provider.

If the domain’s DNS is hosted with VIP, the DNS changes will have been made three business days prior to launch. Click the next button to continue to TLS provisioning.

5. Provision TLS

Menu to add TLS certificate

HTTPS is enabled on your site by default, whether you use VIP’s default TLS option from Let’s Encrypt or a custom certificate. If you would like your site to also be configured for HSTS, please let us know, and we will enable it for you.

To maximize site security, VIP recommends activating HSTS headers on the site.

Testing your site

After the site is launched and showing at the correct production domain, VIP recommends testing both the backend and frontend of the production site, for quality assurance. Visit our Testing Your Site page for a list of recommended areas to test.

During this time, you may also want to check your New Relic subaccount to monitor for any performance changes during launch.

If all QA checks pass, launching with VIP is now complete.

Last updated: February 09, 2021