How to Check and Update Your WordPress Site’s PHP Version

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. 

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How to Remove Your Site from Google’s Blacklist

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 blacklist, 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 blacklist, why your site was flagged, how to get back to normal, and how to prevent this from ever happening again.

Note: to encourage inclusivity, Jetpack has decided to use the term “blocklist” instead of “blacklist” throughout the rest of this article. 

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Why You Should Avoid Using Nulled Plugins and Themes

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.

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Benefits of Using a Backup Plugin vs a Hosting-level Backup

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! 

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Complete, Incremental, and Differential Backups: What’s Best?

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. 

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Never Miss a Moment: All Backups Are Now Real-time

Whether you have an eCommerce store, write about your favorite topics online, or promote services on your site, backups are absolutely critical. They provide incredible peace of mind — if your WordPress site is ever hacked or if it goes down for any reason, you can quickly and easily restore it in full.

Until now, Jetpack has offered daily backups as an option for site owners. And while this is a great step to protect your site, Jetpack’s real-time backups are the best way to get complete peace of mind. They save a copy of your site each and every time a change is made — a page is updated, a post is added, a setting is tweaked, or a product is purchased — all behind the scenes without requiring you to lift a finger. That way, you know that you’ll never lose a second of your hard work or a single customer order.

And we believe so strongly that every WordPress site should have real-time backups that we’re making them even more affordable and accessible.

That’s why we’re now including real-time backups in each of our Backup and Security plans.

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How to Restore a WordPress Website from a Backup

At some point, you’ll need to restore a backup of your site. Maybe your WordPress website got hacked, or something went wrong during an update. Whatever the case might be, backing up your website regularly is the best way to ensure that you never lose any important data. 

Fortunately, there’s more than one way to back up and restore a WordPress website. Knowing how each method works will enable you to decide what option to use.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the reasons why you need to back up your WordPress site. Then we’ll talk about the different types of backups and help you decide which method works best for you. Let’s get to work!

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The Best WordPress Backup Plugins Compared (2021 Review)

It’s every site owner’s worst nightmare — you visit your website and find that it’s completely down. What do you do? Where do you go from here?

There are a variety of reasons your website might be inaccessible — it was hacked, there was a theme or plugin conflict, you accidentally deleted something — but it can be crippling no matter what. If your site is down even briefly, you could lose customers, clients, or followers. If it’s down longer (especially because of a hack) you could lose your cash flow, drop in search engine rankings or suffer permanent damage to your reputation. And, of course, if you have no way to restore it, you might lose your past orders or content, and then need to hire someone to fix it for you.

That’s where backups can save the day! A good backup plugin requires very little setup on your end but saves your site automatically so that, if the unthinkable happens, you can get back up and running again quickly. It’s more than just a handy tool; it’s peace of mind.

But there are a lot of good options out there. How do you know which one to choose?

We’ve examined the best WordPress backup plugins and compared them based on their features, pros and cons, ease of use, and pricing.

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How to Back Up Your WordPress Site

If you’ve ever experienced a broken website, you know just how devastating it can be to try to recover or rebuild if you don’t have a copy to restore from. It can cost hours, days, or even months of downtime; leading to revenue loss, increased expenses, and emotional distress for you and anyone who relies on your site. Being able to restore your files and database if anything goes wrong can prevent this kind of painful situation. This is why making backups of your WordPress site, with a tool like Jetpack Backup, is absolutely critical. 

In this article we’ll walk you through:

  • What is a WordPress backup?
  • Why do you need a backup of your site?
  • Methods for creating a WordPress backup
    • Automatic backups from your web host
    • Manual backups
    • Backups using plugins
  • Which manual backup method is the best?
  • How often should I back up my WordPress site?
  • Where should I store my WordPress backups?
  • How do I know that I haven’t missed any files when performing a manual backup of my WordPress site?
  • What makes WordPress backup with a plugin better than manual?
  • How many backups should I keep?

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Jetpack Acquires WordPress Vulnerability Database WPScan

Jetpack is acquiring WPScan, a WordPress vulnerability database. WPScan is used across the WordPress ecosystem to learn about new vulnerabilities to WordPress core, themes, and plugins. 

WPScan started as a simple Ruby script in 2011 to help identify vulnerabilities in self-hosted WordPress websites. The simple script matured into a large software project and gained popularity amongst the security and WordPress communities.

Vulnerabilities are sourced from around the web, as well as security researchers from both the community and WPScan. In 2021, WPScan was able to double the amount of vulnerabilities added to the database compared to 2020. In total, it has cataloged more than 23,000 WordPress vulnerabilities over the last 10 years. 

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