Errors that could crop up when updating your WordPress-powered site.

Every WordPress user needs to be aware of the different problems that could arise when updating their WordPress site.

Here are 10 examples of such issues.

1. Incompatible Plugin

The existing plugins could be incompatible with the updated WordPress Version. Some plugins just aren’t compatible with one another and there’s no sure way to predict the conflict ahead of time. To prevent this, you might want to back up your plugins before updating the site.

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2. Server Migration issues

Some themes work best depending on which browser is being used. Changing the hosting provider due to issues such as speed, poor customer service or frequent interruption of the site could negatively affect your site. You might end up having to deal with distortions to your WordPress site because of this. WordPress Multisite migrations also add extra layers of complexity.

3.Failure to turn caching off.

Failure to turn off any existing caching plugins during update could negatively impact the site’s performance as well as other important site functions.

4. Your site could get stuck in the maintenance mode.

It’s expected that a screen will pop up showing any visitor who wants to access your site that an update is currently running which means that normal functions will resume upon completion of the update process. However, if the update process doesn’t go as planned it might end up getting timed out or canceled, resulting in the site getting stuck in maintenance mode. The tricky part about this is that the admin area will remain inaccessible until you become unstuck.

5. Failure to turn off safe mode

Some auto-updates can’t be successfully installed while the site is in safe mode. You can check on this by going to your server’s control panel

6. Failure to back up your files.

Although it’s expected that your files will be safe during the update process, you can never be too sure. Anything could happen to lead to the loss of plugins, theme files, and databases.

7. Failing to keep your WordPress Users on the know.

Asking your users to send bug reports will keep you in the loop of any issues with the site that require fixing. People have different screen resolutions, browsers, etc, Therefore getting varied opinions about the updated site is important. Failing to do so will leave you with many dissatisfied users that you’re not aware of.

8. Making careless and hasty changes to the WordPress site.

It’s advisable that you take your time while changing the site themes. Failing to take note of how the various elements behave in different browsers could leave you with a site with a lot to be to be desired and numerous unidentified problems.

9. Failure to monitor the bounce rate

Some themes are generally better than others in terms of how fast they can help readers navigate through the site. An increased bounce rate could reduce the efficiency of your site.

10. Losing tracking

Google Analytics and other services are a great way to keep up with analytics pertaining to the site. Failure to backup your new theme’s tracking code could leave you unable to smoothly conduct an analysis of your site.

David Foreman

David Foreman

Dave is the Managing Director at Toast and has been working with websites for over 25 years. He's a WordPress expert and has built 100s of WP sites. He now mainly works in improving organic SEO for clients.