To update WordPress in principle seems a simple task but it can be complicated until the point to damage the page and to leave it totally unutilised.

We already know that WordPress is friendly surroundings, €œeasy€ to use, almost seems a tool office automation and to update would have to be thing of children, as updating the operating system of our mobile, but in fact it is a process without guarantees that can bring about serious problems.

WordPress is a tool developed by a company and a developer community, is publishing stable versions and have means to check and to guarantee enough with reliability that its software is released without errors. Good, in the reality this is not certain. The normal thing is that WordPress releases new versions without errors but sometimes they put the leg, introduce other new or openings of security. At the home of September of the 2016 they published a version that generated problems, two weeks later published other than it solved them, this is the bread ours of software open source. They have great programmers in its rows but WordPress works in more than 70 million Web sites worldwide, cannot testear its application in all of them, therefore it is normal that they publish failures that affect only to part of that great market Web.

What elements take part in the WordPress update?

On the other hand we have other two elements that take part in our WordPress site: theme (or it soles) and plugins. Here also we can have enough problems at the time of updating normally because there are plugins and professional subjects, of payment, and other that are not it and contain errors and few desire to fix them on the part of their developers. It is necessary to consider that if we used plugins or gratuitous groups is probable that they are realised by a programmer that maintains it in its free short whiles, perhaps does not have time to correct errors perhaps or simply is not good programmer and their code is as a strainer by where €œeverything€ is strained.

The combination of Core or nucleus of WordPress, the subject and plugins can be as sending a car without driver downhill, if there are no obstacles will continue advancing and if there are them are problems€¦

For all these reasons, my recommendation is that before making an update of WordPress you create a point of restoration of your website, perhaps the directory uploads you can leave it outside the copy because it will not undergo changes in the update but the other directories and files yes can undergo changes. In this backup copy we must also endorse the data base.

How I create a point of restoration of my WordPress?

There are two forms to create the restoration point, the first method is recommended for being the something simpler and automatic.

Automatic method with Duplicator

This is the simplest form. This magnificent plugin gratuitous allows you to endorse files and data base, generates two archives at the end of the process, .zip and .php, unloadings these two archives to your computer and already you have endorsed your page. The only reservation or problem that you could find is that you have much content in the directory uploads, many images, PDFs or archives multimedia, and plugin is not able to make the complete copy. In this case you can exclude directory saying and thus you will be able to make the endorsement, does not matter that the directory is not endorsed uploads because you only want to create a restoration point in case there are problems in the update.

Method manual

This method consists of unloading all the files of the Web by FTP. For it you will have to accede to the Control Panel of your lodging to obtain credentials FTP and FileZilla you will be able to unload the files of the page.

In order to endorse the data base also you will need to accede to the Control Panel of your lodging, inside you will have some option to accede to the data base by means of the tool phpMyAdmin, with this tool you can make export.

If by accidental a your Control Panel it is CPanel, still easier, YOU with a click can endorse files and from the section Backup copies.

Now already we can update

If you have already created the restoration point you can come to update everything, WordPress, plugins, theme. Once you have updated you would have to check the following thing:

  • That the administrator of WordPress works, publishes an entrance or page to guarantee that everything is in sequence.
  • That the frontal or public part of your Web works. It sails by the sections, it verifies that sliders work, that the model-making of the text is correct and mainly the contact form.

And if there are problems?

If something fails in your page will be necessary to analyze the problem. Perhaps if he is something precise is possible to be solved easily, there if no, it will be necessary to apply in your Web the point of restoration that you created and from being updating step by step until finding the origin of the problem.

It agrees to be always updated?

Yes and no. Agrees to have your possible most up-to-date Web but too much you are updated you will undergo the introduced errors of programming in the new versions of software. He is better to wait for a time before updating, therefore we made sure that the versions are maturing.

Who can help me?

If metheglins your Web with us we were in charge to update your Web regularly, normally every month, we created the restoration points and we take all the steps to try that your page is updated and if something fails we were in charge to find out the origin of the problem. Consultation our plans of lodging and maintenance Web.

If nonmetheglins your Web with us also you can to request help to our superheroes!