Protecting Your Site When Making Updates and Edits

Posted on Nov 03 2008 by in Tutorials WordPress 

We’ve all heard of Spring cleaning sessions. Well, for whatever reason, Solostream customers have created an equivalent phenomena right now — Fall Update/Upgrade/New Plugin season. Perhaps this is being triggered by the soon-to-be-released WordPress 2.7.

The rash of activity has triggered an important conversation with our team that we need to share with you. One of the most painful (and frustrating) experiences in working with technology is the moment of a major crash when installing an update or the unintended disruption of a feature or service when a new plugin is installed on a site.

The best technology users we know are all paranoid. They expect and therefore plan for the worst to the fullest extent possible. It is their preparation that saves them from setting off a bad situation or makes it easy to quickly resolve a sticky situation.

We encourage all Solostream customers to follow a few basic steps when working on a project for their site.

1. Carefully research the project you want to implement. The Internet offers tons of information and helpful people who have already implemented your type of project. Take advantage of this knowledge!

2. Whenever possible, do not perform work on a live site. Using a back up site will only impact yourself and anyone else who is viewing your test efforts.

3. Become familiar with how to revert your site in WordPress in case you encounter a problem within an update or plugin. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress if you know how to do this before you really need it.

Implement these steps and you’ll become the confident high wire acrobat with a safety net instead of one who goes splat and gets carted away by the clowns.