These days the hosting company where I have my sites has been suffering some delays … This caused me great inconvenience when updating more than 10 sites that use WordPress …
That's why I prepared a list of tips and recommendations to keep in mind when updating either directly from the WordPress Panel or via FTP
Maybe, like me, you've already got used to updating with a simple click from the panel … It's simple, fast and very easy. But this can give more headaches than comfort if something goes wrong in the middle of the procedure. Some of the most common problems are:
The screen that warns your visitors to come back in a minute while the system is updated, does not disappear …
This can be easily solved! You enter the site via FTP and you delete the file .manteinance that was created. Keep in mind that according to the hosting settings it may appear as a hidden file! When you delete this file, you go back to the panel and you give it to update again. If the error repeats, I would recommend that you update via FTP.
After clicking on update, it takes too long …
Remember that all hosting have a limitation in the use of their resources, both PHP memory and of RAM. This can make the process slower or even enter an endless loop and throw 500 errors (internal server error). The best solution to this is to update your version of WordPress with the old method by FTP.
After updating there are errors, the panel and the blog are very slow, there are even some inconsistencies in the data …
Personally I think that updating a WordPress should not be limited to a simple click or upload files and replace them with FTP. It's a whole procedure … Personally after updating, I take the job of optimizing the database tables (see below), clear the browser cache, close it, reopen it, etc … If you use a caching plugin, you should also delete the cached documents of the hosting.
ALWAYS, but ALWAYS, do weekly backup … And before updating, too …
I have had clients who simply click, do not read, do not worry … Also friends who then call you at 3 in the morning because your blog stopped working. ALWAYS have a weekly backup (or monthly, according to the activity and pace of each site) and ALWAYS a backup before updating anything … When I say "backups" I mean both the database and the files. Especially if you update important plugins, sometimes they are not compatible with new versions.
NEVER wait for the hosting company to do backups, nothing better than you do, take a while or use a plugin or method that Many times, to those of us who are WordPress fans and connoisseurs, it has happened to us that a version comes out and after a few days another one that corrects perhaps a few mistakes … It is interesting to wait a prudent time (at the discretion of each one, perhaps a week is fine) to update … Eye! You have to see what we expect and update urgently, if the update covers security flaws or simply add features.
Remember that there ALWAYS exist ALTERNATIVES:
Even though WordPress development greatly advances, you should NEVER forget that you have the alternative of updating by hand, uploading the files by FTP, replacing, etc …
How to backup WordPress
How to install WordPress with a click! (automatic updates)
How to update WordPress "old-fashioned" by FTP
How to optimize databases and here another way to do it
How to install a WordPress from scratch
AND ALWAYS have a community of millions of good people who will help you with any problem … But remember: it is always better to prevent than later to cure! 🙂 Be happy!