Jun 272012

How Updates Messed Up My Sites, The Solution and The Prevention Steps

a few days ago I had noticed I haven’t updated some of my WordPress sites recently. It is always recommended to keep your WordPress installation, your theme and plugins up to date, to keep up with the latest changes in technology and  to avoid any security issues that may arise. how to update your wordpress sites

Owning several sites, I had to log into each one of them, check for all available updates and manually updating them all. Its a time wasting task. Time which we as marketers should spend making money.

To make matters worse, upon updating two of my sites went down. I couldn’t even log in to the admin panel.

I have searched the web for a while for a solution and came up with a quick trick to reverse my settings:

How to deactivate WordPress plugins without access to your sites

1. Log in to your Cpanel and head over to the file manager. Alternatively you can use an external service such as FTP software.

2. Head over to your plugin folder located in your site’s folder under wp-content.

3. Create a sub-folder and name it “Temp” or any other name for that matter.

4. Drag a bunch of plugins to it and refresh your site.

5. Repeat the process until you regain access to your site.

6. Identify the problematic plugin withing the latest bunch and delete it.

7. Drag all other plugins back to the plugin folder.

8. Head back to your WP dashboard and try to update your plugins again.

Now, this is far from ideal, this is simply a quick fix to a problem that should be prevented and easily avoided.

The Long Term Solution

An easy fix to your worries is making sure all your sites and files are constantly backed up

Find a Hosting Plan That Allows Backup and Restore.

I have been using Bluehost over the past couple of years, they do charge a bit extra for pro backup plan, but it’s worth the hustle. If you do encounter any issues with your site upon upgrade, simply log in to your Cpanel , hed over to the file manager section and restore whatever folder or file you wish.

Backup Your Files With WordPress Plugins:

There are some free WordPress plugins that will back up your files and send the backup file to your email or store them online.  I highly recommend WP Online BackUp which does exactly that.

There are several premium plugins that will do an even better job than that:

Backup Creator


Back Up Restore , Update and Clone All Your Site With One Tool

This is by far the preferred method if you own multiple sites. There are a few services which will do all tedious time consuming tasks for you .

If you own multiple sites, and want to keep them all up to date that can be a really time consuming task. Every WordPress update is normally followed by updates of your theme and plugins. The problem is, these updates don’t all happen at once, meaning you need to keep visiting your sites periodically to keep them up to date. It takes minutes to do so, but having to do it a few times a months, for many sites adds up to a lot of wasted time.

Lets say it takes 2 minutes to update your site, and you do it once a week. Lets say you have 50 sites. That’s 100 minutes a week you spend on that task alone.

Now, how much do you value your time?

Below you’ll find some all in one backup solutions that will help you with that.

Not only will you be able to keep all your sites updated at a push of the button, with no need to log in to each one of them, you’ll be able to clone your sites and have new sites ready to pour fresh content to within seconds. No more uploading all plugins, tweaking and setting the plugins and themes. You now will be able to simply buy a domain and set up a new site in minutes