Software is always evolving. Each day, developers are hard at work improving WooCommerce. When they created a better version of the software, they release an update. If you want your site to be the best it can be, you need to get used to upgrading WooCommerce to WooCommerce with the higher version.
An update is a bit like medicine. It’s good for you, but sometimes there are interesting side effects. So, to make sure your site continues running as it should, we suggest testing the update.
Here is how to test updates without breaking your site.
Firstly and most importantly, you should back it up. Backing up ensures there are no irreversible surprises. Whatever happens, you can always return to the working version of your site. Even if you are not testing updates, backups are vital. There is a good backup strategy in place. It’s as important as health insurance, or getting your friend to call you when a date’s going downhill. Great plugins and services, like VaultPress can help. Often a good WordPress host will include backups as a part of their plans too. You can never have too many backups. When you’re backing up always make sure that you are saving both your database and site files. If you forget your database, your site will look largely unpopulated, much like Antarctica.
Secondly, we suggest staging updates. This is when you copy your live site to create a duplicate that you can use to test updates on. Whether you use WordPress, WooCommerce, Storefront or anything else, stage it and test it before updating your live site. Many WordPress hosts offers an easy way to clone your site, but if your doesn’t, all you need to do is create a new WordPress install and restore a backup of your site to it. Once that’s up and running you can update the staging site to your hearts content. Just test one update at a time to help pinpoint issues. Once everything has been tested without issues on your staging site, you are ready to run the updates on your live site.
Go ahead, press the update button. It’s safe now.
And if anything does go wrong, you can always restore a backup from when your site was working 100%.
On the other hand, you need to update WooCommerce quickly and safely, you can test with WooCommerce to WooCommerce. You can pay some cheap fees, but it save yourself lots of headache and money when things don’t work as you might’ve hoped.
I hope you find to safest way possible to update your WooCommerce site.
You can refer some WooCommerce Migration Extensions for other cases.
– Migrate data from Magento to WooCommerce
– Migrate data from Shopify to WooCommerce
– Migrate data from VirtueMart to WooCommerce
– Migrate data from Zen Cart to WooCommerce
– Migrate data from Prestashop to WooCommerce
Melanie Johnson – Marketing at LitExtension