Free Upgrades & Security Updates
Once WordPress is installed on your server, you’ll be able to view all of your files through the Administration Panel. If your version of WordPress has a recent upgrade available, you’ll have a highlighted message that will show up at the top of your page that says something like ‘WordPress Version Number is available! Please update now’. You can quickly update all of your code without having to go through it line-by-line like a regular XHTML/HTML5 website.
WordPress offers the same kind of convenient updates for your plugins, ‘There is an update available for Plugin Name. View Details’. Each of your plugins (WordPress extensions) will have an upgrade message appear above them when it’s time, and all you have to do is click “Update” to install the newer version.
Warning: always make a full backup of your website (Database and Files) to your local hardrive before updating anything in case you need to revert your website! Sometimes running an update can break functionality on a WordPress site.
Why does it break? As the WordPress core improves they decommission certain functions and replace them with better ones. Plugin and theme authors then need to update their code to keep up. The other thing we see is that an update will need your server to be configured differently (PHP update, magic quotes disabled, etc).
So why update then? Keeping your website code up-to-date makes your website more secure, run better, and sometimes offers added functionality. We offer update testing, on a clone of your website, so that you can be sure everything is working properly and there will be no downtime from updating your WordPress core, theme, or plugin extensions.
Help! I just updated my WordPress site and now it’s broken!
If you just performed a WordPress upgrade and lost some functionality, formatting “looks screwy”, or you got the “WordPress white screen of death”, we have the knowledge and experience to repair your WordPress site. Whether it’s broken code, database problems or server configuration errors we know how to check/setup your error logs, evaluate them, and then fix the problem(s) to get you back up and running quickly. We also can setup an automated backup system for your website so that you can focus on developing your content with peace of mind.
From the WordPress.org site:
Installing WordPress and upgrading from previous versions and other software is a piece of cake. Try it and you’ll wonder why all web software isn’t this easy.
Other WordPress Features:
- Multiple Authors
- Full User Registration
- Built-in SEO – Search Engine Optimization
- Extensions – 1,000’s of Free Plugins
- Easily Find Support
Call Kismet Design at 541.606.5374 today to set up your free consultation.