How to Prepare Your Website for the Latest Code Updates

Published on May 27, 2024

Updates can wreak havoc on your site if you don’t stay on top of them. Here’s how.

Have a Plan

To build a website that solves these problems, consider the problem the new site needs to solve (e.g., the platform is no longer maintained, it’s hard to manage, the design is outdated, you need to increase conversions, you want to rank better in search, etc.). For instance, choose a platform that offers layouts you like and allows you to add the graphics and design you want if the layout of your current website is outdated.

Map Out Your Site

Prior to migrating your previous website, you should create a spreadsheet with a list of all the current URLs for your previous website, including the previous page names and meta descriptions for each. Next, on your new website, you can make a list of the fresh, most pertinent URLs to which these pages should point (or, in the event that the page has been removed to the homepage). Plan out any necessary new meta descriptions and page titles as well.

PHP

Periodically, your hosting provider will also update the PHP versions that they support. WordPress is operating on this code base.  When they do, switching to the most recent version of PHP for your website is a smart idea in terms of efficiency and security. Again, even though you can typically switch back if issues arise, you should create a complete backup of your website’s database and files before making this change.

Security

To ensure complete security, you should export the database, create a full zipped backup of your website’s files at least once a year, and change all of your passwords, including those for your hosting account, WordPress, FTP, and database. These files must to be kept in cloud storage or offline storage that isn’t connected to your website hosting.

Backups

Creating backups of your website whenever you update plugins or the WordPress version (and whenever you add new material) is a recommended habit. Create backups, or you may use a plugin like Updraft, which will allow you to store the last one or more (you can choose how many) backups to an external server (like Dropbox or Google Drive).

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