The Developers of WordPress always release newer versions of the platform with improved functionalities and you will have to upgrade your WordPress as well to be in per with the latest additions in WordPress. Same goes with Plugin developers, newer versions of the Plugins are released always to either fix one bug or the other or for improved functions.
Now imagine you just upgraded your WordPress or a WordPress Plugin and your site got broken, giving you an error, and you cannot have access to your dashboard? You may have to login to your Plugin directory via FTP to delete the corrupted file. But today the main aim of this post is to advise us on the safety measures we should follow before upgrading either our WordPress of even a WordPress Plugin.
Safety measures to follow before upgrade your wordpress:
Before you upgrade your WordPress or any WordPress Plugin be sure to follow the following underlisted steps carefully.
- Check the compatibility or requirement of any Plugin upgrade before you upgrade it, do this by clicking on the “View Version details” before upgrading to find out if there are compatibility issues known with this new upgrade.
- Backup your WordPress always: This is the most important safety measure you should always abide by before you carry our any upgrade. There are two ways you can backup your WordPress blog, either via the cPanel or the dashboard. Always backup before any upgrade.
- Deactivate your Plugins during any major upgrade and reactivate after the upgrade so that if there is an error you can easily understand where it is coming from.
- Clear your WP cache: If you are using any WordPress cache Plugin, clear it once your upgrade is complete.
- Use the Health Check Plugin: This Plugin will help you check if your blog is compatible to all requirements for a successful upgrade.