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Are WordPress Auto Updates Safe?

August 31, 2019


– Hey, y’all. Welcome to another WordPress Wednesday. My name is Kori Ashton,
and every Wednesday I am hanging out right here on YouTube to help you improve your online marketing, specifically inside
the world of WordPress. And today I’ve got a question from one of my awesome subscribers, and I’m gonna share
that with you right now. It’s all about automatic updates. (electronic music) Anna writes in, “Hey Kori,
Love your videos etc- “you make it all sound so simple. “I build websites and I often
refer to your information- “so thank you! “I have tried to find it on your site, but do you have a blog or
video about the pro’s and con’s of having ‘automatic
updates’? Thanks, Anna” No, thank you, Anna. I appreciate having ideas for content, and your questions, anybody
sending in questions, for that matter, really
helps me get an idea and a pulse on what your needs are, and kinda what level of my
audience is paying attention and asking me for help. So, thank you so much
for sending those in, and if you have questions,
be sure to come over to askkori.com, submit
those, or Tweet to me. Alright. So, automatic updates. What are best practices? We all know that whenever
we’re dealing with WordPress, we login our dashboards and
we get updates like this: Notifications that your
core is needing updates, your theme is needing updates, all your plugins need updating. And I don’t know about you,
but sometimes my stomach starts to turn a little bit in
fear of breaking something. So this is why, in the
past, I have always said, you need to manually
handle all of your updates, especially if you have 12
or more plugins running on your website. You need to absolutely be methodical on how you go in here and do it. You need to be certain that
there’s a backup in place. Of course, I preach that! Be certain you have a backup in place. Be sure you also know how to
click and roll back the site if something does break. Better yet, test all this in
the staging environment, right? Be certain it all works
there, and then come over and do it in the live environment. So, there’s definitely best
practices when it comes to how to actually execute these things. But when you’re talking
about setting and forgetting, kind of implementing some sort of an automatic update process, What are best practices? Should you be using something like that? Again, I would say that
this really depends on the plugin that you’re using, or the service that you’re
using to accomplish this. If you’re using something
like iThemes Sync, I’m kinda blown away with
the safety net that they have to provide this type of
service for WordPress websites. So, a lot of cool features here. I’m just gonna punch through them, as a solution for handling
your automatic updates inside of WordPress. They have an all-in-one
dashboard where you can see all of your websites that
you’re managing at one time. Which is a super-cool feature. It gives you one dashboard to log into, looks something like this, allows you to see all
the different installs. You get to see very quickly what plugins are needing updating, what themes need updating, what core. And, here’s the thing, you
can go into each and every one of these individually, and set it to automatically update, or set it to be locked down
and do a manual update. So that’s set individually. You can also come in here and then see those that are running the automatic updates. We’ll have alerts, if there’s anything that’s
concerning about the site. So, here’s what happens very quickly, kinda behind the scenes. When it knows that there’s
an update that need to run, it will go over very
quickly and test it first in a staging environment of it’s own. If any error messages kick out, it will pause the update
from happening automatically and send you a notification
asking you to check it out and be certain you want to go ahead and push that update through. But it’s gonna tell you
what that error message is. This insures that nothing
goes live on your site for an update that might break. (exploding)Mind blown,
phenomenal safety net for you. So, if you are using a solution like this, I’m all for it. Go for it, Anna. Click update. Click automatic update
and set it and forget it type of scenario, right? But what I don’t want you to do, is run a plugin or tell
your hosting service, please go ahead and update everything, and then you’re not knowing when that’s being pushed through, whether that’s on Tuesday at two o’clock, or whatever that looks like. Some of the other features,
really quickly here, with iTheme Sync, because
I’m just so blown away by it. It will also monitor the
uptime of the website, each individual install. You can also send out, you
can have a custom dashboard and send out reports. This one got me excited because a lot of clients wonder, well, what are you doing
for me, every month? This particular system will allow you to put in their email address and set it to automatically send out
at the end of every day, every week, every month, every year, whatever you set it to. Send out a report and let them know, this is all the work
that’s been accomplished for your website this month. And, the exciting thing
is, some of those things will be automatic, and it’ll
look like you are just grindin’ for that client, which is
really exciting to see. You know that there’s this
safety net here, though, to ensure that their website
is running perfectly. So, your hosting company
might provide something like this for you,
especially if you are running on Liquid Web. Because, they own iThemes, right? So, whenever you’re at
hosting with these guys, you actually get this included
in any of your packages. iTheme Sync is included. So, if you’re looking for
another hosting solution, check out Liquid Web, look at their managed WordPress pricing, get in here and see if
you can partner with them to get that great service, or you can get it kinda
a la carte over here. I’ll put the links to both
these in the description below. Realize, as well, that both, as of today, are running specials, discounts goin’ on. This one up here, Liquid Web, is running 33% off for
the first three months, and iThemes is running 35% off site-wide. So, very exciting. Oh! In the budget, there is a
free version of iTheme Sync, so check that out. You do get free, and free
is always in the budget. And then, for a little bit
more, you get a whole lot more, if you’re able to jump to a premium and have a little bit
in your budget to spend. Hey, I hope this helps you guys. Every Wednesday, I’m here
on YouTube, helping you improve your online marketing. And I have over 300 videos
in my library to go check out here for free. If you’re interested in
joining the community that we’re talking about,
improving your freelance business, improving your small
agency and how to grow it, I have an entire community over on Vimeo, where you can come join me every month as we’re doing webinars,
and we’re kinda working through a little bit more
advanced conversation about growing your revenue, improving your process, how to find clients, all sorts of great conversation
happening over there. I hope to see you next
WordPress Wednesday. Bye, y’all. (electronic music)

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  1. Wow, such good information and advice delivered with wonderful enthusiasm and crystal clear clarity. Thanks Kori you keep me focussed and positive in my WordPress journey. It's always a delight to sign in on Wednesday mornings!

  2. you are siiick I love your videos!!!!!!!! I am really interested in growing my business. Wanted to follow your stuff on Vimeo. Kori I love your gravity form videos. Also if you can make more videos what services we can offer that are more automatic and if they can increase our revenue? Thanks.

  3. Hi Kori, I am getting a -1 error as I am trying to answer a comment on WordPress. What is that about? Also, mind sharing your Twitter please, thanks for all the info you are awesome.

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