When a recent WordPress update came out, many bloggers experienced “messed up” themes, plugins that didn’t work, error messages, and all-around panic. On my own site, I had issues with one of my plugins adding some funky inkblot-looking weirdness to my sidebar.
So what do you do when WordPress updates mess up your blog?
95% of the time, there is a simple fix for WordPress update issues. I have two “go-to fixes that I will share with you below and a few “best practices” to implement before you attempt to fix your blog.
Do This Before You Try To Fix WordPress Update Issues
1. Download Your Last (Good) Backup
When possible, I do a quick walk-through of my blog within 24 hours of a WordPress update. If I see any issues. I double – check my off-site for the last backup before the update and download the backup files to my computer’s hard drive. If I come across any other issues, I can restore my blog to before the WordPress updates were done.
2. Create a New Backup
“What’s with all the backups, Michelle?!”
I know it seems like overkill but you’ll thank me if something goes wrong 😉 You may come across a situation where you don’t want to restore your last good backup and potentially lose any new content, so this backup can at least bring you back to your current status if you need to start over or hire someone to help you. Don’t forget to download this backup to your computer’s hard drive also!
3. Google It
Once I have my backups in a safe and accessible place, I head to google and search for my problem. To get the best results, be detailed. For example search “right sidebar disappeared after WordPress update” instead of “WordPress update messed up my blog”
4. Search Facebook Groups
Chances are if your blog is messed up then someone else is already talking about it in a Facebook group. Head to your most helpful group and scroll through the conversations. 95% of the time, someone already knows the exact fix for it. Gotta love Facebook groups!
The Two Most Common Fixes For WordPress Update Issues
Themes or Plugins Not Updated
Many times WordPress updates will mess up your blog because you have neglected to perform other updates. Many Plugin and Theme developers will issue updates based on an upcoming WordPress release so when you don’t do them, things can get a little wonky.
Go to the Updates page and make sure your Theme and Plugins are all up to date. If they aren’t, do the updates!
Is your issue fixed? Sweet! If it isn’t then let’s look at your plugins.
Deactivate All Plugins and Reactivate Individually
If updating Themes and Plugins did not fix things go to the Plugins page and deactivate ALL Plugins. You can deactivate them all at once by checking the box at the top of plugins list, then using the drop-down, choose deactivate and apply.
If you look at your blog now, the issue should be fixed. Other things may look a little off if you rely on plugins for them, but that will go back to normal when you reactivate the plugin again.
If your blog is still messed up from the updates, I would contact a WordPress Pro and ask them to look into it. Don’t know any? Ask in one of the Facebook groups.
If deactivating the plugins fixed the issue, then your next step is to figure out which plugin caused it. To do this, reactivate one plugin at a time and check your blog after each reactivation. Eventually you will come to the plugin that caused the conflict.
At this point you need to decide whether to leave that plugin deactivated until an update for it is released or delete the plugin and find an alternative.
That wasn’t too scary, was it? I hope it helped you recover from any WordPress update issues.