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Upgrade WordPress – Should You Click the Button?

Upgrade WordPress – Should You Click the Button?

Many people with a WordPress website wonder what to do when they see the notice in the WordPress admin prompting them to upgrade to the latest version.

 

Upgrading WordPress yourself can be as simple as clicking a button, but things can go wrong. Many people take it for granted that all WordPress websites should use the latest version. There is some risk involved, so it’s worth considering why it’s worth bothering – and what you can do to minimize the risks.

 

The latest major release of WordPress was version 3.3, released in December 2011. As well as the new features for WordPress developers, there are loads of improvements to benefit the average blogger or website owner:

 

  • My favorite new feature is the hover menus in the WordPress admin navigation, which gives you single-click access to any screen. It sounds simple, but it’s a big improvement that rather than having to click – for example – pages, than wait for the page to load, THEN clicking ‘Add New’, NOW you can hover over pages and immediately click ‘Add New’ in the flyout menu. As a WordPress designer, this has already saved me a huge amount of time and it will help you too.
  • It’s easier than ever before to upload images and other media via the single upload button in the WordPress toolbar. The drag and drop media uploader allows you to drag and drop files directly from your computer into the WordPress admin, rather than having to browse to the file’s location.
  • Whenever you add a new feature, a pointer tip appears to provide useful information on how to use the feature.
  • Touch support has been improved for those using iPads or other tablets to manage their WordPress website.
  • Version control has been improved for larger companies with multiple users editing the same pages and posts – the improved co-editing support locks posts who are being edited by someone else.
  • And more.

 

Website security is constantly evolving. Hackers are constantly working to discover and exploit loopholes, and WordPress developers are continuously working to close them. The latest version will usually have a number of important security fixes to protect your website. The responsible thing to do is to update to the latest version and protect your WordPress website.

 

Upgrading WordPress should be as easy as clicking a button, but things aren’t always that simple. Things can sometimes go wrong – for example, the new version might not be compatible with your website theme or some of the plugins. The worst-case scenario is that upgrading WordPress could actually break your website.

 

Problems are most likely to occur if:

 

  • Your website is particularly complex or has a lot of plugins installed
  • You haven’t updated for a whole and are running a particularly old version of WordPress, your website theme or any of the plugins

 

If any of this applies to your website then it might be worth getting a professional WordPress designer to upgrade WordPress for you. This is less likely to be necessary for simpler sites.

 

Upgrading WordPress will affect all files and folders included in the main installation, including all the core files that run WordPress and the plugins that come pre-packaged with it. If you have made any customizations to these files then your changes will be lost.

 

It’s not best practice to modify the core WordPress installation anyway, so if you have done this then I suggest that you find an alternative way to achieve what you’re trying to do. If you don’t know how then any good WordPress designer can help you with this.

 

Follow the instructions in the WordPress Codex to upgrade WordPress with minimal risk. This includes instructions on backing up your WordPress website before upgrading, so you have something to roll back to if anything goes wrong.

 

I would add a further precaution to make things extra-safe. As well as backing up your site, create a separate test site – this is basically a duplicate of your live site that you can test any changes on (i.e. upgrading WordPress) before applying the same changes to the live site. Although backing up is a good backup option (excuse the pun), restoring your WordPress site to a backed-up version is a hassle so it’s best not to let things go wrong in the first place. Upgrading WordPress on a test site first is the way to do this – as with any other major changes you make to your site at any point.

 

I’d also recommend checking that each of your plugins is compatible with the new version. You can do this by finding the plugin in the WordPress Plugin Directory and checking the compatibility box in the right-hand column.

 

Another tip is to wait a week or so until after a new version is released before applying the upgrade to your website. This gives the WordPress plugin developers and theme designers a chance to test their work with the new version and to release a new version if needed, which you can upgrade to at the same time. Don’t leave it too long, though, as running on an old version of WordPress is too much of a security risk.

 

If you update WordPress and the worst does happen then there are some things you can do:

 

    • If you backed up your site then you can roll back to the previous version. If you didn’t, don’t panic! Your WordPress web host is likely to have made regular backups of your site. Although there may be a charge for this service, they should be able to roll the site back to a previous version before you made the upgrade. This will get your website working again, but you will still need to work out how to upgrade to the latest version without breaking it again.
    • You can try to identify the problem yourself by deactivating all the plugins and reactivating them one by one. If the problem re-occurs after activating a particular plugin then try deleting it and replacing it with something else.
  • If you can’t get to the bottom of the problem then you could ask a WordPress designer to get everything working properly again.

 

You may ask whether it’s worth the hassle, and I would say yes. Any upgrade carries a risk, but this is more than outweighed by the benefits.

 

Most WordPress designers offer a WordPress upgrade service and can do it for you, including full testing to make sure everything still works properly – this may be worth considering for complex sites with lots of plugins or custom features.

 

And if you do it yourself, follow the tips above in most cases, your upgrade will be successful.

 

Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Katie_Keith/1370851

Support Sunday

How To Ask For Tech Support The Right Way

We all have had to face a tech problem in the past that required us to seek tech support. The problem can range all over the place, it could be a problem with your printer, computer or who knows maybe even your cell phone. When it’s time to try and find tech support, in order to get the support you want, here are a few tips on things to do when submitting requests for tech support, or even just doing a quick web search for it.

 

Be More Specific

 

This is the main one. If someone came to me and said “my computer isn’t working, how do I fix it?” I could not help them. This request is too generic. It has no detail what so ever. I can already start asking questions like, what is it showing you? When did this happen? What were you doing at the time? These are just a couple things I might ask the person asking for my tech support. You got to actually tell me what’s not working. After I get the answers to these questions I would still have to ask more such as, what OS does it run? How long have you had it? What OEM made the computer? Of course, if you are using something else than a computer trying to get tech support adjust the questions you will need to answer in your request to suit that piece of technology. Another good thing to include here would be the specs. of the computer. Tech support will want to know things like what the CPU of the computer is and how much RAM you have. These are all important in case maybe someone else has had the same issue with that same RAM company or something like that. If someone had the same issue, it will be much quicker for tech support to troubleshoot it.

 

Include Model Numbers In Your Tech Support Request

 

This can help tech support a lot if they can get the model number of the computer, printer, etc. you are trying to get tech support for. In fact, if you include this they may not even need to ask for the specifications of the computer. They will be able to research your model number and find all that and more about the computer. This is also something super useful to use when searching Google or other search engines for tech support. You can get help or advice from people who know your technology exactly and maybe have encountered this issue in the past and learned how to troubleshoot it.

 

Don’t Be Afraid to Write a Little

 

If you are posting your request on a Q&A site or support forum for example don’t be afraid to write a good paragraph or two on what exactly is up with this certain piece of technology you need support for. If the site has some good people they will read it and will be able to provide much better support to you because they actually know at least what is happening.

 

Include Screenshots or Video

 

If it is possible, try including screenshots or pictures with your requests. If the error has a sequence, maybe even try getting a video up on YouTube so people can see what is happening. A visual can always help people know so they don’t have to make their own visual in their head. If you have to, don’t be afraid to use a camera and just take a picture of the screen if you can’t get a screenshot. The quality obviously won’t be as good if you go down this path, but at least you have a visual for those trying to aid you with tech support.

 

Overall the main idea here is detail, detail and you guessed it, more detail! If you can get this idea down you will be on your way to submitting better tech support requests that will get you the answers you need faster. After all, everyone wants the problem fixed, now! I truly believe that following these tips can get you closer to that. Though, one more thing, if you can get on phone support, do it! That is a very good thing! Phone support allows you to explain, using the power of your voice, in real-time. So, if that is an option, use it! Do you have some tips? Leave them as a comment!

 

Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Ryan_R_A/1370383

 

Elula, Industry News

WordPress keep it real and alive

Great so you have a new WordPress site – congratulations. Now look after your site or it will become a problem. WordPress really is a phenomenal choice of a CMS where you can control more than the look and feel, you control all the content. There are also a ton of plugins that one can do that allows you to do some amazing things with your platform. Whatever you do look after it. The reason being is that WordPress is an open-source platform and that means it is open to vulnerabilities.

 

Vulnerabilities generally by people who need to send mass amounts of spam, want to deface your website or get redirects to their porn plages or similar. However, don’t stress simply keeps the site updated and stay on top of what is happening with your site or simply outsource the task. WordPress needs to be updated and kept updated along with all the plugins that you have installed. When plugins have a vulnerability and this is found out it will make it way to the dark web or shared on hacker forums. This means people who know the exploit will search for sites using outdated plugins or WordPress versions and target their attacks at these sites.

 

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Note the theme is just as important if not more so than the plugins. so keep an updated site and WordPress. So you need to treat your whole platform and keep it clean.

 

But wait! Please don’t just push the update buttons all across your site and expect everything to be ok. You see some themes don’t make use of child themes which means that often simply updating a theme will throw out your changes and you will need to redo the changes you made when you initially set up the site. This goes the same for the plugins so please be sure to make a backup of the whole WordPress before you hit the update buttons.

 

Here are some great links or ideas that I want to leave you with:

Naturally, if you need any help use the contact form we have dozens of years experience with WordPress and can assist you with anything you need or can dream of with your WordPress platform. We also have simple hosting and maintenance packages where we monitor your site – make sure the site is up and there are crucial backups done of your site that work.

 

 

 

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Problem solved by outsourcing

Is there a web development problem you have that you cannot solve or don’t have the capacity to do it?

Then outsource! I read this recently and believe it encompasses what I want to convey today:

Going forward, the company built on outsourcing needs to insource a bunch of key disciplines and capabilities

There are some fantastic pro’s to outsourcing:

High cost savings
You save a lot of money when you only pay for services provided / projects finished. Not to mention, no HR costs , leave and staffing issues focus on what you need to get done and by when rather than how you doing it!

Reduces overhead costs
When you hire an outsider you don’t worry about overhead costs like office space, office supplies, computers, internet access and more. This reduces expenses significantly.

Immediate access to talent and solutions
This for me is the biggest one – you will lose hours if not days asking a plumber to change a spark plug. Get the solution you need when you need it, save the extra time it will take you trying to do it yourself. You know something like trying to fix the geyser yourself you ended up calling in the plumber. Well, work issues are the same. Look at the solution been presented and the problem contained and taken care of, this will free you and your team up to do what you need to – look after customers and bring in the sales.

Now if you are an entrepreneur like myself then I urge you to consider insourcing solutions by outsourcing the work. Over the last few years, we have worked closely with companies in South Africa and the UK. Companies and agencies that sell services and solutions in the market that are top-notch. They bring us into the game when they are either to busy to handle their workload or need a task completed they don’t have the skills to handle. By making use of Elula Online we have a team of over 20 people and access to double that with our extended freelancer network, this means whatever your problem or your challenge we can assist you.

So in 2020, we want to see you grow – you sell it and we will make sure it happens for you and your client, oh and your client does not even need to know we doing the work. We understand the client relationship is crucial and who’s the client all the time so stress, not you take care of the clients and we take care of the work you need to be done and the problem you need solving.

If you would like to discuss this further please drop me an email directly kevin (at) elula . online – no spaces ok 🙂 and let’s chat.