One of the main concerns I hear from business owners who manage their own WordPress site pretty much boils down to this simple equation:
Running an update = breaking your site.
Most times, this type of thinking is just paranoia. Under normal circumstances, running updates will not wipe out your site content or bring your site down (but you should always have a recent backup ready just in case.) However, there are those rare cases where applying a WordPress update will throw your site out of whack, or cause errors that make your site unreachable.
If the second scenario applies to you and makes you avoid clicking the update button like your life depends on it, then there could be one of two things going on here.
Now adding customizations by itself isn’t a problem. After all, part of what makes WordPress so popular is that it’s hella easy to customize. The problems occur when your customizations are added to your theme incorrectly. When this happens, you’ll find out very soon that updating your theme wipes out the custom code it needs for certain things to work or display correctly, which breaks your site.
Look I understand. Deep down, I’m a bootstrapping, do-it-yourself kind of girl. And when I first started tinkering around with WordPress, the only themes I even considered looking at were the free ones. But then I noticed that the documentation (if it existed) was either inaccurate or just plain useless. Or certain things from the demo didn’t work like they were supposed to. Then finally, when the time came to run a WordPress update, I’d get all kinds of crazy errors that brought the entire site down.
But don’t think you can avoid similar issues by just paying for any old theme. It’s entirely possible to buy a poorly coded paid theme as well.
So there you have it. Hopefully, these tips will help make updating your site a breeze. Try them out and let me know how it goes, I want to hear all about it!
P.S. As you learn more about WordPress, you’ll find out that a lot of common problems could have been avoided with the correct setup. If you want more info on how to do that, check out my post where I walk you through setting up WordPress the right way.