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Setting up a WordPress website is not a challenge
these days. You can hire PSD to WordPress
Developer or a professional and get it done for
you. But, how many of you spend the time to
maintain it and keep it updated? In order to
ensure your WordPress website works smoothly all
the time, it is crucial to pay attention to
maintain it and keep it up to date. You often
come across the update notices at the top or in
the sidebar when you login into the CMS, but you
keep ignoring it, dont you? If you dont keep it
updated, you may face your WordPress
Development venture affected with malicious
script or security vulnerabilities. According to
a recent survey, it is found that only 27.2 of
the Worpdress users actually care about updating
their site to the latest version. Are you
planning to update your WordPress site, but you
are unsure about what things to consider before
getting into the update? Well, just consider
following the below best practices and you are
good to go ahead!
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1. Always Think For The Backup Of The Database Of
A Live Website! One of the very first things to
consider before upgrading to a higher WordPress
version is to perform a backup of your database.
Be it your user posts, pages, users, links or
categories, everything is stored in the database
only and failing to take backup may cause loss of
important information related to your WordPress
development venture in case you opt for rollback
to the old version.
To Get The Backup Of A Database, You Will Find
Plenty Of Options Including Backup Using
? MySQL Workbench ? MySQL GUI Tools ? Database
Backup Plugins
? cPanel X ? phpMyAdmin ? MySQL or MariaDB
commands
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2. Go For Taking Backup Of All Your WordPress
Site And Files The very next step after taking
backup of your database is to take a backup of
your WordPress site and files. Aside from
creating a database backup, you have to also
create a backup of your entire WordPress site so
that your existing setup is not affected if your
update goes wrong! You have two options, either
you can opt for taking backup your website
manually or you can use Plugins available to take
it automatically. Backup WordPress Website If
you think you have enough time and can manage the
entire backup at your own, then all you have to
do is to create a ZIP file in cPanel and download
it. If you feel you dont have sufficient
knowledge and want to get the help of Plugins,
then you have a lot of options. However, not all
the Plugins are free, you may have to pay money
for a few premium Plugins.
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The list of Free or Paid Plugins ? BackWPUp
FREE ? Duplicator FREE/PAID ? BackupBuddy
PAID ? UpDraftPlus FREE/PAID ? VaultPress
PAID ? WorpDrive PAID
Backup WordPress Files ? WordPress website
consist the following files ? WordPress Core
Installation ? WordPress Plugins WordPress
Themes ? Images Files ? JavaScripts, PHP
Scripts and other code files ? Additional Files
and Static Web Pages
You must back up all your files in the director
(from the subdirectories too) and your .htaccess
file. You can go for the FTP program to download
the entire bunch of WordPress files from the host
to your local system. Dont forget to pay
attention to backup wp-content directory as it is
the core directory containing user-generated
contents, including themes, new plugins and
uploaded files.
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3. Dont Forget To Turn Off Caching Caching
basically changes the way your website behave in
the back-end. It will simply boost up the
performance of your website. It is possible that
your website might be having some caching plugins
enabled. If you forget to turn it off during the
update, it is possible that many of your pages
are being cached during the update. This might
affect the update process. 4. Use Staging
Environment For An Update Using the staging site
helps you review how your website behaves after
an update. In case there are some discrepancies,
you can easily troubleshoot it without worrying
about its effect on the live environment. Also,
you can decide whether you wish to keep certain
things on your actual website or need to remove a
few. 5. Always Considering Updating Themes And
Plugins Before Anything Just like WordPress
itself, the Themes and Plugins also get frequent
updates considering the different versions. It is
very crucial to check if your themes and plugins
have the supportive version for the new upgrade.
You can hire PSD to WordPress developerin order
to help you get the themes and plugs updated
before you go for entire site upgrade. You can go
to wp-admin to check the list of plugins that
need an update. Go back to the wp-admin and check
the same for themes and update it.
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Conclusion After successful execution of the
above mentioned 5 basic things, you are all set
to for updating WordPress Core. Now all you have
to do is to perform a thorough audit of your
WordPress development venture post update. And
you are done!!! Do you think you have other
prerequisites to be mentioned here? Just hit the
comment now
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