Leave Your Website Updates to Us

Learn how our expert process ensures your site stays secure, stable, and up-to-date without the risks of DIY updates.

Continued Success

Kyle Van Deusen

OGAL Web Design owner and WordPress educator helping businesses succeed with design, development, and marketing since 2003.

Filed Under: Continued Success

When you log in to your website, you might see notifications that updates are available for plugins, themes, or even WordPress itself. It can be tempting to hit the update button while you’re already logged in and taking care of other tasks.

I appreciate your enthusiasm for wanting to keep your website up to date, but there’s more to doing updates safely than just pressing update.

I want to take just a moment of your time to share the steps I take to ensure updates are done safely and effectively, and how these precautions help protect your website from potential issues and downtime.

The Risks of Updating Without a Plan

Updating your website might seem straightforward, but there are several risks involved when updates are done without a proper plan. Hitting the update button without taking necessary precautions can lead to unexpected issues that might disrupt your website’s functionality.

  • Stability Issues: New updates can sometimes be unstable or have bugs that weren’t caught during development.
  • Compatibility Problems: Updates may not always play nicely with other plugins or the current theme, leading to functionality issues.
  • Potential Site Downtime: In worst-case scenarios, an update can cause your site to crash, leading to downtime and a poor experience for your visitors.

Performing updates isn’t just about clicking a button. It involves careful planning and execution to ensure that your website remains functional and secure.

Next, I’ll explain the steps I take to manage updates and why this process is crucial for the health and performance of your website.

What Goes Into a Safe Update Process

To ensure that updates are applied safely and without disrupting your website’s functionality, I follow a comprehensive update process. This process is designed to minimize risks and ensure that your site remains secure and operational.

Here are the key steps involved:

  • Testing New Versions: Before applying any update, I test new versions of plugins and themes in a controlled environment to ensure they are stable and compatible with your website. This helps to catch any potential issues before they affect your live site.
  • Full Backups: I take a complete backup of your website before running any updates. This ensures that if something goes wrong, I have a recent restore point to bring your site back to its previous state quickly.
  • Visual Regression Testing: After applying updates, I perform visual regression testing to detect any changes or issues in the appearance and functionality of your site. This allows me to identify and fix problems immediately.
  • Scheduled Updates: I run updates on a regular schedule, making it easier to track changes and troubleshoot any issues that arise. This also ensures that your site remains up to date with the latest security patches and features.

By following this meticulous update process, I can significantly reduce the risks associated with updating your website. My goal is to keep your site running smoothly, securely, and efficiently.

Enjoy Peace of Mind with Professional Website Management

By allowing us to manage your website updates, you benefit from a reliable, professional process that ensures your site stays secure and functions smoothly. Our thorough testing and backup procedures minimize the risk of issues arising from updates.

Should any problems occur, we have the tools and expertise to quickly troubleshoot and resolve them, ensuring minimal disruption to your business.

If you ever have concerns about an update or feel that something needs immediate attention, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help and ensure your website remains stable, secure, and efficient!

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