Tips for Upgrading WordPress Successfully

how to update wordpressRecovering from a WordPress site crash after doing a software update can be very time consuming and expensive.

While your site is down you’re not making any money.

And if you don’t know how to recover from a catastrophe like this, it can be very time consuming and expensive trying to find help.

Here are some tips that you can follow that will save yourself from these headaches.

#1 – Backup your Database

Before ever updating your WordPress site you should backup your database.

There are several great plugins for this and I use the WordPress Database Backup.

With the WordPress Database Backup you can choose to download your backup, have it emailed to you or save it on your server.

Also remember updating your database will not save your images or themes that you may have on your site.

If you want to create a back-up of those you will need to go to your cPanel and select backups, and perform a full backup of your site if you have never done this before.

#2 –  Delete the plugins that you no longer use.

Even though you may have these plugins deactivated, they are still storing their code on your site, so delete them.

#3 – Update your Plugins

Make sure that all your WordPress plugins and themes are all updated prior to upgrading WordPress.

#4 – Deactivate Your Plugins

Most WordPress upgrades go wrong because a plugin may not be compatible to the new WordPress update.

Deactivating them prior to the upgrade and then activating them one by one will save you a ton of headaches down the road if something was to go wrong.

#5 – Update WordPress

Now go to your dashboard and press the Update Now Button to upgrade.

#6 – Clear Your Blogs Cache

If you’re using any of the WordPress Caching plugins such as W3 Total Cache make sure that you purge the cache once the site is updated.

#7 – Activate Your Plugins

Now reactivate your plugins one by one and check to see if there are any conflicts.

Problem Accessing the WordPress Admin Page After Upgrading?

If you’re experiencing a problem accessing your admin page after upgrading or continuously being redirected to the database upgrade page one of your plugins may have been activated when you upgraded and is not compatible to the new WordPress version.

Use a FTP program, login to your site and navigate to your plugin folder under the wp-content folder and rename your plugin folder to old-plugins and create a new directory called plugins.

Then log back into your WordPress site and WordPress will scan your new plugin directory and deactivate any plugins not found.

Now go back to your Dashboard, updates and reinstall your WordPress update.

Once the update is completed, delete the /wp-content/plugins directory and rename old-plugins to plugins and then reactivate your plugins one by one.

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