This is one of the few bad things about WordPress. Depending on the size and complexity of your site… you can have weekly upgrades/updates to your plugins, your theme, or the 2-3 times a year WordPress updates its platform. Not to mention the upgrades and updates done by your host provider; which they do, but can still cause havoc with some of your plugins or theme.
Upgrade is usually changing from one platform or plugin or theme to a better one that has more functionality.
Update is when your host provider, your platform your theme, your plugins, etc., have made change to their program/system and need you to install their updates.
Don’t ever set any part of your site to automatically update unless you back up your site daily and check your site daily… every page, every function. The truth is my experience with WordPress has proven that you don’t have to update every time there is one. On the other hand, if you wait for a long time to back up your site and perform the update… you could have a lot more conflict with the other items that make up your site. Unless you hear of a mandatory update (which could crash your site if you don’t do it now), doing updates quarterly works fine for the sites I manage.
This part of website ownership isn’t fun, especially when you find out how many updates happen weekly which is why I offer the package below to clients. Even if you are a DIYer, check my procedures out below so you can create your own UP/UP procedures and schedules.
All of my DEALS I follow this protocol:
- All scheduled upgrades are performed when the site is least used (this can be decided from analytical data).
- Backup FULL site (not just data) before any updates downloaded or activated.
- If it is a large number of changes, you may want to connect your DNS to a dummy site that says “under construction”. You can also have a backup copy site that is just missing your latest blogs. This usually isn’t necessary, but may be of interest to sites with heavy traffic.
- Do all the updates in the order they were issued, if possible. As you make each update, take notes of what issues happened (so if it is still there after all updates you will easily be able to de-activate it or reload the older version of this product). Many times when a platform is updated, the plugins and themes come out with updates that keep their products working properly with the new platform update.
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