WordPress Best Practices – Plugins

WordPress popularity continues to grow as a website management system. Plugins, such as Mobile App Manager plugin, is one the most important features allowing designers and developers to create unique sites that are functional.

It is also one of the areas where administrators are susceptible to pressures of time as well as momentum, when everything is going perfectly, with the anticipation that it will continue to perfect. Even well written plugins can occasionally go wrong, at the worst times, and while they shouldn’t break your site, you don’t want it be seen by visitors. Well, this happened to me and so I wanted to share some recommended best practices for plugin testing and updates. At the very least,

  1. make a backup
  2. create a staging environment. this is a replica of your site, with a different URL. To make a copy you can use a plugin like Snapshot to back up your site and install it on your local host. Or use WPEngine to host your site and staging is included.
  3. do individual plugin updates, each separately, in staging.
  4. conduct individual plugin testing in staging
  5. replicate the new features and updates in production.

WordPress Best Practice: Plugin Management