Using a staging site to perform integral WordPress updates could save you from the white screen of death! Meagan Hanes, Technical Project Manager at Maintainn, the maintenance, support, hosting, and small business web design division of WebDevStudios, has been on the road presenting her talk “Update Smart: Using a Staging Site!” at various WordCamps.
“If you want to do updates safely and securely, don’t do them on the actual site. Do them on a copy of the site,” Megan explains. Using a staging site allows you to rely on a copy of your website that has no public visibility. According to Meagan, we use staging sites in order to keep our live production sites healthy.
Website owners are stuck with a conundrum. Plugin, theme, and core updates are imperative. Not only do updates allow you to benefit from the most current technology, but they also help to guard your WordPress site from hackers. However, applying an update to a live site can cause an issue or two. So, what’s a WordPress website owner to do? Update smart by using a staging site, of course.
If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch Meagan’s talk in person, here’s your chance to catch the video of her at WordCamp Hamilton. Watch it now and discover why using a staging site is something you will want to consider. For more WordCamp talks, go to WordPress.tv.