How to Safely Upgrade Your WordPress Site [VIDEO]

How to Safely Update WordPress

Upgrading a WordPress site can be a simple, safe and quick process.

It can also be a nightmare. ¬†ūüôā

What it becomes, depends on how you upgrade.

Major upgrades (version that go 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, etc.) are something to be taken seriously.  They are the ones that might conflict with your plugins and/or your theme.  Sometimes these conflicts are minor and sometimes these can cause serious issues (like not being able to login to your WordPress admin panel).

In this WordPress training video, I’d going to show you how I upgraded WPTrainingVideos.com.

Here are some quick, basic tips you can take from the video…

1. ¬†You don’t have to upgrade the second a major upgrade becomes available. ¬†It’s OK to wait a week or two (or three!).

2.  If a minor upgrade pops up (3.3.1, 3.3.2, etc.) you should be fine to upgrade quickly.  These are minor security patches.

3. ¬†If there is a problem with your upgrade, it’s normally your theme or your plugins.

  • Is it your theme? Contact the developer or use Google to search and see if others are having issues. ¬†You can even install a new test version of WordPress, activate the theme (no plugins) and see if it looks good.
  • Is it your plugins? ¬†Deactivate all your plugins, then reactivate one by one… checking to make sure the site is working before activating the next.
4. ¬†ALWAYS… ALWAYS… ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP! ¬†Backing up your site (database & content) is the best insurance you’ll ever have. ¬†If an upgrade doesn’t go as planned, you can always restore your backup and try again.

 

(Watch How to Safely Upgrade WordPress on YouTube)

I’m also curious to hear what your thought about the new video style. ¬†Is it better than the standard slides/screencast style?

As always, I’ll be glad to try to answer any questions… just leave them in the comments below!

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