I won’t upgrade my WordPress blog because I am afraid of breaking it.
Does this sounds familiar?
In this article I will show you how to break this fear and start doing more yourself if you want it.
Why this type of article?
Well, I was reading The Flinch by Julien Smith and it occurred to me how many times I’ve heard my clients avoiding to take action because they were afraid of breaking something.
Fear it’s natural, especially when it’s at stake something you have invested a lot of time and money in.
That it’s why you need to take some measures that will help you be more confident in yourself.
Let’s say that you want to install a plugin, tweak the design, upgrade WordPress or test a new signup form.
If you are like most of us you will be put off by the thought that you might break something.
But if you will make sure you can repair what might break, you are covered. Here’s how…
The first and most important thing you need to do when you want to try something new is to backup. Backups are really useful not only for testing, but also to have something to restore in case of server failure or hacking.
I’ve heard a lot of stories where people lost months of work and money because the didn’t have a backup. Plus, it happened to me once, so I am speaking from experience.
In this case you will need to backup your website before testing, tweaking or upgrade anything.
To do this, just install one of the WordPress plugins that help you backup your site.
Create a Sandbox
Better than a backup is to work locally or on a different instance on the server and not on the live version of your website.
This way nothing will get lost and if something breaks it will not affect your main website.
Then if everything works you can go ahead and apply the changes to your main website.
Learn and Test
Once you get your setup ready and you are sure that you have a backup in place or your work locally, it’s time to have some fun and try new things that you’ve been afraid of.
You may want to learn how to update your logo or how you can change the spacing of your articles.
Or you may want to learn some CSS and change your footer. In order to do this you will need to learn how to do it. Obviously, right?
The Internet is full of information now and you will be able to find anything you want.
Then, once you’ve gathered the needed knowledge, you can start to apply what you’ve learnt. It’s as simple as that.
I hope that this article helped you take action and I am glad if I contributed to that.
If the article helped, do share with us what you’ve accomplished or post your questions in the comments below if you have any.