How to Test New WordPress Releases to Avoid Problems

How to Test New WordPress Releases to Avoid Problems

There’s something exciting about new WordPress releases. The updates help to keep your site’s security in check, they come with cool new features and some of them promise to not only improve the back end of your site but your visitors’ experiences as well.

Just click on the “update” button and wait for the magic to happen. That’s how it’s supposed to go, right?

Well, that’s not always the case.

If you’ve had the horror of watching your site taken out by an update, you might still be traumatized from the whole ordeal. And if you haven’t, then count yourself lucky. But luck only lasts for so long.

A better idea is to test new WordPress releases before implementing them on your site. In this post, we’ll give you a step-by-step breakdown of how to do so while ensuring your site remains safe and secure throughout the process.

But, before we jump into that, why is testing so important?

What Kind of Problems Can You Run Into With a WordPress Update?

If you’re still thinking about living on the edge and updating without testing first, here are a few reasons why you should seriously reconsider that.

1. It Might Not Be Compatible With Parts of Your Site

WordPress has a lot of features, especially in the plugins and themes department. These are all essential in helping you customize your site.

The good news is that developers will often coordinate their theme and plugin updates with new WordPress releases, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes a plugin is poorly coded or was developed for another version of the CMS and not updated for the new one.

Testing your new WordPress update will allow you to safely spot compatibility issues that might arise from that beforehand and tweak or update what

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How to Test New WordPress Releases to Avoid Problems

by Nick Schaferhoff time to read: 1 min