Evaluate updates before updating
It’s important to keep everything on the Help site updated, but before running an update, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself:
- How significant is this update?
- Is this the proper time of the day to run an update?
- Should I create a backup point before running the update?
How significant is this update?
This is an important consideration before running an update. In fact, answering this question might answer the other two questions, as well.
To determine how significant an update is, compare the version number of the item you currently have installed to the version number of the updated plugin.
Judge an update by its number
Typically, themes and plugins that have been around for a bit have at least a three-digit version (2.3.1). The number that will change after the update is a good indicator of how significant the update is.
Let’s use version 2.3.1 as an example.
- If the first number (2) will change after the update, it’s a significant update.
- If the second number (3) will change after the update, it’s a less significant update but could still be fairly large.
- If the third number (1) will change after the update, it’s not a significant update and most likely contains security patches and minor fixes.
Based on the significance of the update, you can answer the next two questions.
Is this the proper time of the day to run an update?
There are two times you can run updates:
- During business hours.
- After business hours.
You can run updates during business hours, but remember, during the update process, the Help site will be in Maintenance Mode, meaning no one can access it.
Note: When the site goes into Maintenance Mode during the update process, visitors will still be able to view their current screen but won’t be able to access other screens.
Wait until after business hours to run updates when there are:
- Several updates.
- Significant updates.
Should I create a backup point before running the update?
Yes! Without a doubt, yes. This is sort of a trick question because you should always create a backup checkpoint before updating plugins, themes, or WordPress itself.
Learn how to create a WP Engine backup checkpoint.