Production Launch Checklist

A checklist we use here at Vinta before launching a product we've been working on. Access Github Repo.
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  • Spell-check copy
  • Check links are correct
  • Check the website is retina compatible
  • Set favicon
  • Customize the default error views
  • Test target browsers compatibility
  • Guarantee the application is mobile-friendly:


SEO & Analytics


Transactional Emails

  • Check if email templates are correct
  • Configure SendGrid, Mailgun, or another transactional email service
  • Set an automatic BCC for admins
  • Save metadata of every email sent


  • Check no sensitive data is being logged
  • Check if logs are prefixed according to task/feature
  • Configure Papertrail or another logging service
  • Set Papertrail alerts and integrate with Slack and email
  • Configure Sentry or another error tracking service
  • Configure Uptime monitoring
  • Configure New Relic or another application monitoring service


  • Check the SaaS CTO Security Checklist:
  • Run Observatory:
  • Add all accesses of third-party tools to LastPass, or other password manager service
  • Update OAuth callback/deauthorize URLs in all third-party services
  • Rotate OAuth keys of all third-party services
  • Change passwords of all third-party services
  • Check if buckets/blob storages of AWS/Azure are private
  • Setup AWS S3 buckets encryption
  • Check interactive shells are read-only


  • Check records
  • Check TTL, set low when launching, set high after everything is fine
  • Configure a custom domain
  • Move API to a different subdomain (like ), this allows a different server for frontend
  • Enforce or remove www subdomain


  • Check if latest server stack is being used
  • Check if latest server OS version is being used
  • Check if latest server Python version is being used
  • Configure Redis maxmemory and eviction policy (likely volatile-ttl )
  • Configure RabbitMQ:
  • Configure SSL for everything
  • Test SSL health:
  • Configure SSL certificates autorenewal
  • Tune PostgreSQL settings:
  • Configure database backups generation scripts
  • Configure entire database server disk backup
  • Guarantee Celery and other services aren't running as sudo
  • Configure application firewall for application servers
  • Limit file size for uploads
  • Validate uploads media types
  • Configure throttling
  • Configure autoscaling
  • Enable HTTP/2
  • Check if all services are able to handle autoscaling upper limits. (Eg.: will your Redis be able to handle connections if X servers are provisioned)
  • Configure DNS/caching
    • Enable Brotli Compression
    • Check and enable the speed features that don't interfere with your application
  • Enable other speed/WAF features

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