The new 60 Second Marketing website is built on WordPress. It’s Sandro’s first site built on the platform (as we’ve mentioned in past episodes). Recently the site was down for five days all due to a tiny plug in. Today Liz goes over something Sandro did not know, that one plug in can take down your entire website!

Episode 0264

WordPress Plugin Problems

Sandro: [00:00:04] Welcome to 60 second marketing, I’m Sandro Galindo and I’m here with my co-host Liz Hersh together with the podcast that gives you actionable marketing tips and ideas to help your small business grow in the time it takes to fill your gas tank. Today we are talking about WordPress our new Web site and you should check it out 60 second marketing dot net is brand new and built on WordPress, it’s the first WordPress site I’ve built. If you’ve listened to past episodes you’ve learned a little bit about that. Recently our Web site was down for five days! And I thought it was just a glitch with a certain popular web hosting service that you may have seen on TV but it wasn’t. It was actually a plug in. I did not know plugins could take down your wordpress site. Liz has experience with WordPress and she’s here to share with us a few insights on how that can happen.

Liz: [00:00:53] So I’m a big believer in learning through experience and Sandro just had a great learning experience in this process. In order to make sure that something like this doesn’t happen again, here’s what I recommend. First things first. In addition to your live site you want to set up what I call a staging site. This is a site that is for the most part fully functional but it’s a place where day to day traffic is not going to go in it’s a place where you can test different things before you publish them on your live site. Next you want to make sure that you create a process for actually making updates and doing them on the staging site so to start it could be testing updates like plug ins going and doing this once a month. As Sandro experienced sometimes a plug in can render your entire site disabled. So doing this on the staging site as opposed to the live site you’ll you’ll catch this error and you’ll be able to fix it before you cause any serious damage. If you are not comfortable doing anything I just described then I highly recommend you hire someone who is very proficient in wordpress to help you maintain your site. They’ll not only keep your site updated they can also provide some recommendations on different security and backup plugins to make sure the site is secure, if anything happens and to ensure that you have the appropriate backups. S o this is really really important. And I shared with Sandro when he when he told me that our Web site was down for about 5 days. I said you know what, that is one of the benefits of going with a Wix, a Weebly or a Squarespace. They do this for you. With wordpress you have to be a little bit more proactive and you have to have a good system in place to be doing these tests and making sure that everything is functioning like it should. WordPress is great. It has a lot of benefits but this is one piece to the maintenance puzzle that you have to be definitely be prepared for.

Sandro: [00:02:52] I wish I listened this episode before I built our site and it was just a small plug in and I tested all five of our plug ins on our site. The security one the backup one I thought it’s one of these that broke it but it wasn’t it was a stupid little schema plugin that I just thought would look good or help us and I turned it off and everything were just fine. So you never know what is going to be. Anyways thank you for joining us. You will find us where you find your favorite podcast. Thank you Liz for helping me with that.

Liz: [00:03:24] You’re welcome.

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