In past few years, WordPress grew to quite a high level. Now WordPress can be termed as a great platform for any website development. WordPress has managed to improve its update system to quite a high level. Still, there might be issues some or the other time, and we must take some measures while updating or upgrading WordPress.
The first and the most important thing is, you must do the update process during off-peak hours when you do not have much traffic, mostly at night. At times due to some or the other fault, the website might end up getting down, which you might have to get cleared by troubleshooting the same. Hence you must have some time to update the things to factory default if anything goes wrong. Here are the steps which you must follow when you are to update your WordPress based website.
1. BackUp The Website:
This will ensure that if something goes wrong, you can get your site back with a few clicks. You can either do it manually by backing up the database via phpMyAdmin, then backing up the themes and plug-in via FTP. It is also not necessary to backup the largest folder in WordPress which is uploads, or wp-content to be precise.
2. Turn Cache Off:
With this, you ensure that you will not be displaying any maintenance page to the users as soon as your maintenance is done. You can just deactivate the plug-in which for most cases will be W3 Total Cache, Super Cache, or Quick Cache.
3. Update themes and Plugins:
Most of the time WordPress just releases some small updates, but at times when a major upgrade takes place, WordPress intimates the developer with the immediate update for the things to function well. Hence if you are in such a phase, then when you will update WordPress after that we will have some issues with the plug-in, so it’s a better option to upgrade those before hand to escape from unnecessary problems.
4. Update WordPress:
The time has come to click on the refresh button on the dashboard finally. This is the time when most people tend to have an increase in their heart beats just for the cause that if it mishaps you might have to set most of the things manually again. Most of the cases it doesn’t happen, but yes be patient and don’t panic if you see some blank section with the dashboard.
5. Reactivate Cache Plugins:
You must revive the cache plug-in because it is one of the most useful plug-ins which anyone might want to use. You must not risk your website by ignoring and letting the site go without a cache plugin.
6. Have a look at the site:
It’s quite clear that the site must be working again, but to be on a safer side you must again have a look at the website and check everything to make it clear that everything is working fine.
These were the steps one must follow while updating the WordPress site. It’s totally for you if you want to perform these steps, or you might have some or the other set of precautions while updating the site, so hence you might follow those.