We are all a great fan of these fancy themes that this platform provides. However, when a new update is made for improvisations, it deletes all the customization in your blog. You would have spent so many hours working on the blog to make it look the way it does only to be relinquished when you update the blog. Thus this article is going to talk about the best and easy way for you to update WordPress blog without any hassles.
For one, there is a plugin called “Easy Updates Manager” which will take care of all the updates in a blog including theme updates, plugin updates, with many other added features. This particular plugin takes complete control over the website and simplifies the job for the user.
Here is a list of all the things one should take before going ahead with the updating of the blog.
First and foremost, make sure to do the updates and upgrades during off-peak hours when there is low internet traffic. This ensures that the upgrades take place without any technical glitches.
Now, follow the below given steps:
In the previous article we had talked about how to backup your WordPress blog. You can find it here. (Best WordPress Backup Plugins for Your Website Site). Backing up is key in updating your blog as this ensures that there is an immediate action plan to cover up in case of some technical faults. Some plug-in and software come with an added feature which will allow updates backup as well. Choose them wisely and backup your blog.
- DEACTIVATE THE CACHE:
Turn off your caching plugin. This will ensure that the blog isn’t catching maintenance pages during the update process and which will invariably affect them. Therefore remember to turn it off.
- UPDATE THE PLUGINS AND THEME FRAMEWORK:
WordPress updates are followed by plugin and theme updates. The developers make sure to make the plugins compatible with the new updates before they are released.
But better to update the plugins and the themes before beginning with the update process.
- LET THE UPDATE PROCESS BEGIN:
Now, having completed the entire steps above click the automatic upgrade button and let the WordPress update begin. This will take some time and meanwhile the screen will show a blank section within the dashboard. Be patient and let WordPress take charge for a while.
- REACTIVATE THE CACHING PLUGIN:
Now that the upgrade process is done, remember to reactivate the caching plugin and clear out the existing cache and junk files.
If you see a “failed update” message, remember to delete the .maintenance from your WordPress directory using FTP.
Now have a look at the website and go through all the pages and the categories in the page. See if the blog/site is functioning with enhanced features. If some of the articles are missing, you can always use the back-ups of the same and restore them.