Steps To Follow When Updating WordPress

wordpressThe WordPress upgrade system is improved itself from last version. However, there are some steps you can take care to ensure that your upgrades doesn’t affect anything.

First and foremost, upgrades and updates should be done during your off hours i.e for off visit hours for your users. Usually this is at night, but it always depends on your site’s traffic.

The key is to execute your update during a low activity time just in case something goes awry.

Next, start working through the steps below.

Depending on what you need to update, some of these steps may need to be omitted, but here is the proper sequence of update events:
1) Back Your Site Up
Backups ensure that you have an immediate action plan should something go wrong.
Back up the database of your site.
Back up your themes and plugins.

2: Turn Caching Off
Deactivate your caching plugin.
This ensures that you aren’t caching maintenance pages during the updates and are not otherwise interfering with the update process.

3: Update Your Plugins and Theme Framework
Often, WordPress updates are accompanied by plugin and theme updates. Developers usually have a head’s up on impending WordPress updates and can thus ready their plugins to be compatible when updates are released.

Update all of your plugins and themes before upgrading WordPress.

4: Update WordPress
Now it is time to update WordPress itself! Just click the automatic upgrade button and let WordPress do its thing.

Sometimes it can take a handful of seconds to complete, so don’t get impatient if you see a momentary blank section within the dashboard.

5: Reactivate Your Caching Plugin
Reactivate your caching plugin and clear out/purge the cache.

6: Check Your Site Again
Take a minute to look over your site and visit a few pages and posts. If something isn’t working properly, it is best to catch it now instead of later.

Shashi Dhar Kumar Experience in Web/software development including client server and implementation using PHP, XML, MySQL and SQL Server. Experience of working on Apache, Linux projects, Javascript, Ajax, Putty, FTP, Remote Connection, XML parsing, Mod-Rewriting, Payment Gateways and shipping modules, Trouble shooting and Manual Testing.

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