Whether we like it or not WordPress 5.0 is here, and so are major changes to the back end editor.
If you are afraid to upgrade to the new WordPress, or are having some issues with your site after the update, this guide will help you in troubleshooting the issue.
We can also offer you some paid help if you are really stuck.
Hopefully the following information will get you where you need to be.
Best Practices For Upgrading to WordPress 5.0
Here are some action steps that you should take when moving to upgrade your site.
1. Get Rid Of Unneeded Plugins
Clear the clutter before you begin.
It’s easy to add plugins over time, and then quit utilizing their functionality and forgetting the uninstall them.
If you cleanup your site before you begin, you will run into less chances of issues as you proceed.
Plus, if you haven’t used a plugin in awhile, it may be because the developer quit updating it, and therefore is likely to cause issues with your update to WordPress 5.0 anyway.
2. Install the Classic Editor Plugin
WordPress has released a plugin that allows you to retain the Classic WordPress Editor instead of updating to the Gutenberg Block Editor.
This is especially necessary if you are using a Third-Party WordPress Theme. Gutenberg will override your themes backend editor.
Some themes like Divi have an option built in the retain the Classic Editor, but for a lot of you, installing the Classic Editor Plugin will be a vital step in keeping your backend editing experience the same.
3. Backup Your Site
This cannot be stressed enough. Before you do any major update, make sure you backup your website so you have something to fall back on in case something breaks.
You should already have regular automatic backups in place, but if you don’t, try using a free plugin like UpDraft Plus to get a quick backup before you proceed.
4. Update WordPress
Now that your site is cleared out and backed up, it’s time for the update.
It’s okay, push the button.
If something fails, you have a backup to fall back on.
You will likely be prompted to update your database during the new WordPress install process. This is normal.
When you hit the glorious Welcome to WordPress 5.0 screen on the other end, read through the new features that are offered.
After you know what you have gotten yourself into, check your site out and make sure everything still functions as it should.
If you are running a Woo Commerce or similar plugin, add something to your cart and go to the checkout.
Think about what other plugins you have on the site and test out the functionality that they provide your site.
Make sure that everything looks and functions as it did before.
5. Update Your Theme and Plugins
Now is the time to start updating your theme and plugins.
Updating to WordPress 5.0 will likely have triggered new updates with your plugin and probably your theme.
Go ahead and start by updating your theme.
Next you will want to update your plugins 1-by-1 to make sure you aren’t breaking anything on your site as you go.
If you are running into trouble updating, feel free to contact us and we can quote you on some time to make the update for you, or make recommendations on how to proceed.
6. More Testing
Test. Test. TEST!
As you are updating, test the functionality of each plugin, making sure it is working with the WordPress 5.0 update and everything is running smoothly.
We’ve run into some issues with Woo-Commerce Add-on plugins breaking the layout of the cart, so if you are e-commerce, make sure to test every functionality of the checkout process.
Make sure all the design elements and functionality of your theme are still intact.
7. Take Another Backup
You’ve just completed a lot of work with your upgrade.
Save that work by taking another backup of your site. This way if something goes wrong in the future, or you accidentally erase your page content by hitting the “Switch Back to Standard Editor” button, you will have a backup to revert to, and not have to go through updating everything all over again.
WordPress 5.0 is a major update that has a huge chance of messing with the backend functionality of your website.
If you are able to successfully navigate the update, then it is definitely time to celebrate!
Should I Wait to Update to WordPress 5.0?
We cannot live in the past while the world passes us by.
That’s how you get 2 years down the road and your entire website starts to break.
We here at Rehash Media,LLC belive that your site should always be as up-to-date as it possibly can.
This helps to avoid security risks, and the risk of things breaking from lack of developer support.
Take the dive and get your site up-to-date.
If you feel like your site is too old to make the update, we offer website rebuild services and would love to work with you to get your website secure and up-to-date.
We will help you ditch your old-outdated WordPress Theme, or find replacement plugins for those that developers have abandoned.
We are here to help you and save you time.
How is your WordPress 5.0 upgrade going? Sound off in the comments below!