Updating a WordPress website can be more complicated than you’d think. Usually, publishing a new page or post isn’t a problem. But if you’re updating WordPress components or making major design or functionality changes, you run the risk of breaking your website. The best way to avoid this problem is by using a staging site.
With a WordPress staging site, you get a safe environment where you can test any changes you want to make. Once you’re satisfied that everything is working correctly, you can then move (or ‘push’) those changes from the staging website to a live environment.
In this article, we’re going to break down what staging sites are and how they work. We’ll then discuss the pros and cons of using a staging environment, and show you how to create your own.
Continue reading → How to Create a WordPress Staging Site (4 Easy Ways)
There are several errors you could run into while navigating the web, including HTTP error codes, issues with certificates, and connection problems. A lot of times, fixing these errors will require a bit of troubleshooting on your end. The “Your connection is not private” error is no exception.
This error usually (but not always) is due to an issue with the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate. There are several ways to troubleshoot, depending on whether it originates from your website or your server.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this connection error and discuss its main causes. We’ll then show you how to troubleshoot depending on its cause.
Continue reading → How to Fix “Your Connection is Not Private” on WordPress
When you pay for hosting, there are almost always some caveats. Hosting providers reserve the right to terminate your account under particular circumstances — for example, if your site has malware or content that violates the host’s guidelines. If your account gets flagged, you’ll see a message like “this account has been suspended.”
The positive side is that “suspended” isn’t the same as “terminated.” When an account is suspended, you can usually appeal the decision or fix the problem that caused your web host to take action against you. If your efforts succeed, you’ll regain access and control over your website.
In this article, we’ll talk about the potential causes for hosting account suspensions. We’ll then discuss what to do if you run into the “this account has been suspended” message and how to proceed after you fix things.
Continue reading → How to Fix “This Account Has Been Suspended” on WordPress
Most software companies stress the importance of updating, so downgrading can feel quite unnatural. But you might run into circumstances where you need to revert to a previous version of a program or operating system you’re using — WordPress is no different in this regard.
While WordPress tries to maintain backwards compatibility between versions, you might still encounter changes in a new release that cause issues for your site. In these cases, you may need to downgrade to a previous version so that your website continues to function properly while you troubleshoot any problems or wait for a bug fix to be released.
In this article, we’ll discuss:
- Reasons why you might need to downgrade WordPress
- How to downgrade WordPress manually and with a plugin
- How to downgrade themes and plugins manually and with a plugin
- How to upgrade or downgrade PHP versions
Continue reading → How to Downgrade WordPress & Roll Back to a Previous Version
Not being able to log into the backend of your WordPress website can be a nerve-racking experience, whether you can’t remember your password or no longer have access to your recovery email address.
Fortunately, there are different methods that you can use to change, reset, or recover your WordPress password. In this article, we’ll explain the importance of strong password security and the difference between changing and resetting it. Then we’ll share eight methods you can use to restore or reset your WordPress password and offer some additional security tips. Let’s get started!
Continue reading → How to Change or Reset Your WordPress Password (8 Ways)
PHP is an essential part of any WordPress website. For this reason, you want to make sure it’s running as smoothly as possible. But knowing the best way to navigate this process isn’t always easy.
The good news is that we’re here to help. By understanding the principles behind PHP and the process of updating it, you can maintain this core element of your site.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to PHP and explain why it’s important. Then we’ll show you how to safely check, update, and upgrade your PHP version on three different web hosts.
Continue reading → How to Check & Update Your PHP Version in WordPress
You put a lot of work into your website, creating great content, engaging with your community, and maybe even listing products. But, one day, you start to notice that it’s not showing up on Google anymore. And one of your followers or customers mentions that they see a scary red warning when they type in your URL. What’s happening?
Well, your site may have ended up on Google’s blocklist, a scenario that can definitely be confusing and stressful. But don’t panic! We have all the information you need to understand if you’re on the blocklist, why your site was flagged, how to get back to normal, and how to prevent this from ever happening again.
Continue reading → How to Remove Your Site from Google’s Blocklist
It’s a general rule that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. That’s especially true when it comes to nulled themes and plugins for WordPress sites. What can seem like a great deal on software can damage your website and result in more problems and costs than any potential savings. For safety and security, it’s important to be able to identify and avoid nulled software.
Continue reading → Why You Should Avoid Using Nulled Plugins and Themes
Posted in Security
Are you trying to find the perfect backup solution for your WordPress website? Then you’ve probably already discovered that not all backups are created equal and there are many options to choose from. It’s hard not to stress about this choice when it seems like your site’s safety depends on it.
While you can opt for backing up your site manually, this is very time consuming and can be prone to human error due to all the technical details involved. It can also be very impractical if you’re running a site with dynamic content that changes on a daily or even hourly basis. Using an automated method of backing up your WordPress site will not only save you time and money, but will likely give you more consistent, reliable backups.
In this post, we’re going to explore why backups are so important. Then we’ll discuss the pros and cons of two automated backup options — backup plugins and hosting-level backups — and explain why using a backup plugin is almost always the best choice. Let’s get started!
Continue reading → Benefits of Using a Backup Plugin vs a Hosting-level Backup
There are many things that can go wrong with your website, from a hack to unplanned downtime. If an incident occurs, it’s vital to have a backup of your site’s files so you can restore to an earlier version. However, it’s important to choose the right kind of backup.
The good news is that, once you understand each of the options, narrowing down your decision becomes significantly easier. Familiarizing yourself with the pros and cons of the available solutions will better position you to choose the right one for your specific needs.
Continue reading → Full vs Incremental vs Differential: Comparing Backup Types