[LRUG] Launching websites

Jon Leighton j at jonathanleighton.com
Mon Aug 8 07:49:28 PDT 2016

I don't have the same problem as you (i.e. I don't create lots of
separate websites) but I've been using Terraform
(https://www.terraform.io/) a bit recently. I think it could help you
automate some of that list, assuming the providers you want to use are
supported by Terraform (it's still fairly new and shiny).


On Mon, 8 Aug 2016, at 02:17 PM, David Vaks wrote:
> Hi LRUG,
> This is slightly off topic, but I can imagine some of you might have
> faced this situation. I've been launching quite a few Rails websites
> lately. It usually involves at least the following for me:
> - Domain registration and DNS setup
> - Server/Host configuration: Heroku setup (registration, environment
>   variables for some of the steps above) or Docker setup
> - Deployment
> - Security aspects: TLS certificates, HTTPS setup, HTTP security
>   headers, etc
> - Legal aspects: cookie policy, T&Cs, privacy, etc (implications from
>   other steps)
> - Email: basic setup, SPF/DKIM for the spam, create RFC email
>   addresses, etc
> - Mailing list setup (MailChimp or others)
> - Social media: signup to a few social networks, add "social sharing"
>   buttons
> - Analytics/instrumentation/monitoring (Google Analytics, New
>   Relic, etc)
> - Search engine registration/indexation (Google, Bing)
> - etc
> Some of these steps are interlinked and that's only for fairly "basic
> website" without any payment, A/B testing, user feedback or
> advertising requirements.
> None of it is particularly complex, although it does require some
> knowledge/experience, but it takes quite a lot of time and feels
> repetitive.
> There are lots of great products/services for the individual steps
> involved, but I can't find anything to streamline the whole (or at
> least part of the) process.
> Does anyone know any good tool, product, checklist or website for
> this? Do you have the same problem? How do you handle this yourself?
> Thanks for your help.
> David
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