The Calm Before The StormRobert Crain
We’ve all had those days; You know, when your WordPress Website has been running smooth for weeks and then BANG! It just breaks.
One of the ‘problems’, is when you set plugins to update automatically. Sometimes, just sometimes, plugin updates may very well be good for the plugin, but may not want to party with other plugins, or your theme. Unfortunately, it’s a sad fact that this happens.
Don’t worry though, what breaks, can be fixed – if you know what to do.
The first step, is to get onto YouTube and search for a fix – you may find a solution that was created back in 2011. JUST KIDDING! Kind of. Current updates that cause problems will not have a fix available on YouTube, although if you know what to look for, some simple error messages can be fixed by searching YouTube.
The easiest way to resolve a plugin issue, is to deactivate all your plugins (place your website into maintenance mode if possible first), then reactivate each one, refreshing the website in another tab. When your website ‘breaks’ again, you found the culprit. You can install a FREE plugin called WP Rollback that will allow you to go back to the previous version of the plugin. Then you can just wait until there is a fix from the plugin developer, and update again. Simple.
It’s not always as ‘simple’ as that though.
Sometimes, the best method, especially if you operate an e-Commerce website, is to contact a WordPress Professional, like me, who will pinpoint your problem and resolve your issue rather quickly. It can be the difference between a minor fix, or a more complex repair or total rebuild – that may cost you thousands.
Do you operate a commercial (e-Commerce) WordPress Website that you rely on to pay your bills?
I’ve stated this before – Over the years, I’ve been contacted by people that needed some ‘maintenance’ work done to their website, only to thumb their nose at the price. They’ve gone elsewhere, only to find cheap doesn’t always work right. In the end it’s cost them more. This guarantees me more work, because they know who to turn to when they need to update. Besides, it’s all tax deductible anyway.
I began providing a monitoring service late 2018. I charge $199 per month which gives you access to a cheaper rate for all work required (half price). I also maintain an active monitoring of all websites, and check for updates 3 times per week, and perform all necessary work relating to plugin updates and website security as part of the monthly fee.
It’s called Peace of Mind for WordPress. I’m notified via email as soon as there’s an issue (monitored 24/7), and can perform all work to repair – even when not in ‘the office’, so you’re up and running again as soon as possible.
Protect your Business. Protect your Brand. What price do you put on your future income? I’d like to think most people take their business seriously.
Note* Although I’m notified immediately of ‘problems’, I perform the majority of all work between 11.00 pm and 7.00 am – 7 days. I’m like that guy that polishes the floor at your local supermarket – I work when your customers sleep. Less disruption = more business, for you.
Like always, if you have a question or comment about this post or any other post on this website, contact me. I’d also appreciate a share or 15, to your friends if you believe they may be interested.
Until next time, I hope everything remains calm 🙂