In case you haven’t heard there is a new WordPress release – 2.8.4.
Whenever there is a new release of WordPress the forums fill with scaremongers. You know the type, people that ask should they upgrade, will their site be hacked. The problem with this, from my point of view, is that these are the type of people that want guarantees out of life.
There are no guarantees in life except death and taxes 🙂
Sometimes, shock, horror you actually have to take some responsibility yourself.
WordPress is an awesome website platform in my humble opinion. What’s great about WordPress is that it is so incredibly versatile. And it only gets better. The WordPress community is amazing. Everyday there are volunteers,- you know people that don’t work for money – in the WordPress open source community developing plugins, developing WordPress themes and helping develop the WordPress core software. You’ll find a lot of those same people in the WordPress forums tirelessly answering questions, day in day out, and it’s all for free.
Like all software platforms, WordPress needs to be updated when new features are added and when there are security vulnerabilities. I don’t know about you, but my Windows OS has updates every week and I don’t find it a huge trauma to allow my software to update to protect my computer. Same with your WordPress site, if you know there is a new version of WordPress is it so hard to update?
That brings me to my question, shouldn’t you take some responsibility?
If you are reading this, you are most likely a webmaster, more likely an internet marketer. As you know, there are costs to doing business on the internet both time and money wise. To me, updating my sites is merely a cost of doing business. Something that is necessary to keep my niche blogs online. I do the same with my computer, I back up my hard drive that’s a cost of doing business. I back up my websites as well and that’s easy with the great plugins that have been created for free for my use. The cost of doing this for me is time only not money because of the wonderful WordPress community.
I feel very strongly about using my time wisely and I really resent wasting time on some things. Upgrading and backing up is fine by me because I schedule these tasks for when I’m listening to a webinar or watching a video.
Since the release of WordPress 2.7 upgrading your site couldn’t be easier. Go to Tools/Upgrade and click the button – I’m breaking into a sweat just thinking about it 🙂 How long does it take to login to your site and click a button? Two minutes? Less?
Always keep a back up of your data base. This of course is easy with the DB Backup plugin and you can also download a copy of your themes, images and plugins from your server or just use the WordPress Backup plugin for that. The DB Backup plugin is particularly good because you can schedule your backups. So, if you want to back up your blog once a week just click the button to arrange for the backup to be automatically created and emailed to you if you fancy. In fact, I use a plugin that backs up my site and sends it to my AS3 account so it’s off my hard drive but still accessible for me. Again, it’s all pretty easy just a matter of installing a couple of plugins and clicking some buttons. WordPress Backup and DB Backup can both be installed from Plugins/Add New and doing an auto install through the WordPress repository so you don’t even need to download or ftp anything. It really couldn’t be easier.
Okay, I can guess what you are thinking now…..
Upgrading a site or a couple of sites is really no biggie (should only take 10 minutes tops!) but what if you have more than a couple of sites?
Well, I’ve got more than a couple of sites. In fact, I’ve got sites that I’ve forgotten about!
Upgrading the sites for me is not a problem because as I’ve mentioned before I use an autoinstaller. All I do is login to the autoinstaller to check that it has upgraded to the new version of WordPress. If it has then I just click the buttons to upgrade all my sites. While the autoinstaller is powering away I’m watching a video, listening to a webinar or making a coffee. This process takes minutes and it’s all hands free 🙂
Okay, so let me guess… you don’t have an autoinstaller – well that’s fine too. You can use subversion.
Subversion allows you to always have the latest version of WordPress on your sites. You can either use the bleeding edge release candidate (not recommended as it can be janky) or the stable version (this is the one that you want!).
If you are following along, you might be wondering what my point is. So, in case I haven’t been clear, being responsible is not difficult, it’s not expensive it’s part of the cost of doing business and having access to a software that is powerful and free to use and enjoy.
Remember, upgrading WordPress and keeping back ups of your site is just part of being a responsible webmaster. You should also think about securing your WordPress site and protecting it. You can find out more by listening or downloading the interview on WP security that I did a while ago.
By the way, most plugin developers do have a donate button. If you appreciate their work why not give it a click some time and pay pal them some love 🙂