Steps to follow when updating WordPress

Below are some steps you can take to ensure that your WordPress upgrade goes smoothly (How to update WordPress + Plugins).

Upgrades and updates should be done during your off-peak hours (your low traffic time). 

1: Back Your Site Up

Backups ensure that you have an immediate action plan should something go wrong.

2: Turn Caching Off

If you are using any WordPress caching plugind, (W3 Total Cache, Super Cache, Quick Cache, etc), deactivate to ensure that you aren’t caching maintenance pages during the updates and not interfering with the update process.

3: Update Your Plugins and Theme Framework

Update all of your plugins and themes before upgrading WordPress.

4: Update WordPress

Now it is time to update WordPress itself! Just click the automatic upgrade button and let WordPress do its thing. Sometimes it can take a couple minutes to complete, don’t get impatient if you see a momentary blank section within the dashboard.

5: Reactivate Your Caching Plugin

Reactivate your caching plugin and clear out/purge the cache.

6: Check Your Site

Take a minute to look over your site and visit a few pages and posts. If something isn’t working properly, it is best to catch it now instead of later.


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