One of the best things about WordPress is its open-source nature. That means that anytime, anyone can get onto a computer and make something to help their fellow users. It also means that anytime, they can get on and change something about a plugin or theme that they’ve created.
These updates sometimes frustrate WordPress users. While one update could work great and help fix bugs or problems with a plugin, another could just as easily break your entire site, rendering it, and the plugin, useless. (That’s why the Pressable team takes care of WordPress Core updates for you!)
Ignoring the updates can cause just as much trouble. You could lose functionality, or worse, open up your site to security vulnerabilities.
We’re at a stalemate: on one hand, we hate to update. On the other, we have to update.
Luckily, our friends at BlogVault have created the ultimate guide to updating WordPress. Whether you’re updating a theme, plugin, or the entire WordPress Core, this guide has everything you need to know, from handy tips and tricks to where you can go if you have any problems updating.
One of our favorites is the automatic update section. While automatic updates do have pros and cons, there are quite a few ways to get around the cons that leave this as a great option.
Find a Host that Will Update the WP Core for You
Hmm…now where are we going to find one of those? If only there were an entire team of WordPress support experts around to take care of core updates, troubleshoot before and after, and ensure all functionality is still available. Oh wait! Here we are.
Pressable’s support team doesn’t just make sure that all WP core updates go smoothly. No, we actively search for any issues with WP Core updates and fix them (hopefully before you even notice!).
Find a Great Backup Service
One of the problems with automatic updates is that an update could happen at anytime, so you never know to backup your site before worst comes to worst. With Pressable, your sites are backed up daily. Still not good enough? There are plenty of great backup services out there (like BlogVault) that can ensure your site is backed up to the most recent version so you never have to worry about backups (or updates!) again.
Find a Great Update Service
How does this sound: instead of you doing the backing up and the updating, someone else takes care of it entirely? Our partner Staging Pilot does just that. They’ll update your site/s, ensure that all functionality is 100% as it was before, and then push those updates to your site automatically. Before anything goes wrong, the plugin or theme update undergoes rigorous testing, because nobody likes to wake up to a broken site, do they?
There are plenty of automatic update services out there. Find one that fits your business and your needs!
We don’t want to give too much of the piece away, but if you’re on WordPress and you’ve got a little notification next to ‘Plugins’ on your dashboard, maybe you should give it a read?
See all of BlogVault’s piece here.
Zach has 12+ years of experience with WordPress, from creating and maintaining client sites, to providing support and developing documentation. A knack for problem-solving and providing solutions led Zach to pursue a job with Automattic providing customer support in 2015 working with WooCommerce support, and now Zach has recently joined our team here at Pressable. Outside of work, Zach enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching sports, and working on projects around the house.