How Nasty Plug-Ins Can Turn Your Site into Humpty Dumpty
Those Nasty Plug-Ins!
There once was a plug-in so widely cherished by many. It was so highly recommended too. Installed it went right nicely into the theme. And by nightfall it all fell down just like Humpty Dumpty who sat on the wall.
Nasty Plug-Ins Almost Took Down The Site!
That’s what happened here. A plug-in almost took down the whole blog or a combination of nasty plug-ins with a theme. Thankfully I had learned previously to back up everything and vola it’s back together again!
What can you learn here from this experience?
- Always Back Up After Every Post.
- Only Install One Plug in at a Time (after doing a back-up of course).
- If Something Seems Wrong – Ditch the Plug-In (There are others and other ways to get around it with some coding).
- Use the Least Amount of Plug-Ins Possible.
- Never Use a Plug-In That Hasn’t Been Tested With an Upgraded Version of WordPress.
- Again, Always Back-Up!
- Don’t Panic – It Will NOT Help You.
- Be Sure Your Server can Handle Your Data- if not get more or another host and if you do get another server Wait until it’s fully Propagated* which can take 48-72 hours.
- Sign Up For FREE Services to let you know if your site does go down – BasicState.com is one and UptimeDog.com to name a few.
What is *Propagation? It is the process of distributing an index from a context index server to one or more web servers for the purpose of providing search. If you avoid making changes to your website during a transfer/propagation period, you will always have a consistent functional website available to your visitors. They won’t know that you have switched WHP’s because as far as they can tell, they are just browsing your website. They won’t realize that you are in a state of propagation and that from one minute to the next, they are potentially browsing your site from two different WHPs.
Does anyone else have stories of nasty plug-ins that almost took down their websites and can share which ones we should avoid?