With summer here I wanted to take a few minutes to run through 5 things that you can do to keep your WordPress blog or site chugging along without any issues. WordPress, especially a WordPress.org site can take a little extra work but its the version of WordPress I prefer to run. From time to time it takes some updating and upgrading as newer versions of WordPress become available. Now if you’re like me then you probably try to push it off as long as possible thinking that something might break in a newer release and you are probably better off to do your own testing before rolling a new version live on your WordPress blog. I wanted to highlight a few tried and tested tricks to ensure that you can upgrade your WordPress blog or site successfully.
- Backup your WordPress database regularly – This is something that should go without saying but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do this and get themselves into trouble. If you aren’t comfortable backing up your mySQL database that houses the content your site uses then have a look at some of the top WordPress plugins that can do this for you pretty quickly and without having to memorize any code.
- Test it first – If you aren’t sure just how your WordPress website will function the best thing you could do is build (or have someone build) a test or staging site where you can check out the new version of WordPress being you push the button on your live WordPress site.
- Upgrading Plugins – When you do upgrade your WordPress site you’ll probably notice that a lot of the plugins you’ve used are now out of date and they’ve got new functionality built in that you can use on your newly updated WordPress site. Remember to do this because it really can help your site function even more effectively.
- Upgrade your WordPress Framework (Optional) – Not everyone has a WordPress Framework installed on their website but I bring this up for those of you who do. I currently run the Genesis Framework from StudioPress because it allows me even more custom functionality than a traditional WordPress theme and regularly this needs to be updated when you upgrade WordPress. In the case of Genesis, it actually posts a reminder that your framework is out of date and that you need to upgrade it but not all Frameworks are the same so check yours out for more information.
- Use the Dashboard on your WordPress site – This is something that I’ve been using recently more and more to manage my WordPress sites because it provides a quick snapshot of things on your WordPress site. There is also a section solely for updates needed to your WordPress site and this is a great time saver that is easy to use even if you are just diving into WordPress for the first time.
Please share any tips that I haven’t added here of things that you do when you upgrade your WordPress site.