ZUC – Switch from test to live site

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 This week Marti and I made some final adjustments to the Zine Union Catalog in terms of user interface. Once we felt comfortable that the site’s look and flow was consistent with our goals, we set a deadline for the switch of all accepted changes to the live site. The deadline was on Saturday 5-13, which gave us time to troubleshoot before the presentation and to import the records at our next meeting which is scheduled for Monday, 5-15.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The transition involved moving theme-related files only including the css and configuration files of the front-end to the live version of the site. The initial step was downloading a backup of the site; This was done by making a copy of the theme’s contents through the file manager directly in the site’s back-end and by downloading an image of the site through cPanel. After we created a list of all the pages that experienced changes on the test site, we transferred the theme folder using cPanel.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 There was a small discrepancy after the transfer took place but, after clearing cache and cookies, I confirmed that it was a browser issue. The site had been successfully moved. In fact, after the switch took place, I noticed that the fields in the “contact’ page had been stretched unintentionally. Marti confirmed that this happened after he had done work on the search bar on the landing page. We then identified the issue: the search bar and the fields in the contact page were calling the same element, so when Marti adjusted the size for the landing page, it also changed for the contact page. The issue was then resolved.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The last step, as mentioned above, is to import the records into the live site which will be done during our next meeting.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 I believe that this stage in the development of the ZUC was relatively simple because of the limited work we had done — a larger project would, I imagine, would not have been approached in the same way. I believe that using GitHub would be the ideal solution for keeping track of changes made to the site and would have allowed for a more precise method of copying changes from the test site to the live version. Unfortunately, despite the fact that I was interested in learning GitHub, its implementation did not make it into the ZUC development timetable. It will likely be necessary as the project grows, and it will certainly be an aspect of development that I will incorporate into my workflow, provided that I have the opportunity.

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