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Top 5 Practices for Safely Updating Woocommerce Without Downtime

By June 27, 2024WooCommerce
Top 5 Practices for Safely Updating Woocommerce Without Downtime
Top 5 Practices for Safely Updating Woocommerce Without Downtime

Updating your WooCommerce store is crucial for security, performance, and new features. However, the process can be stressful if you worry about downtime and potential issues. Unexpected problems during an update can disrupt your store and frustrate customers.

Fortunately, you can update WooCommerce safely and avoid downtime with the right steps. In this blog, we’ll guide you through five simple steps to ensure a smooth update process. By following these steps, you can keep your WooCommerce store running smoothly and enjoy the latest improvements without any interruptions. Let’s get started!

1. Pre-Update Checklist

Before we update the WooCommerce plugin, we need to make sure these requirements are fulfilled. Let’s go through each one of them.

  1. Backup Your Site: The very first step would be to back up your site. Before making any changes, get your site completely backed up. This would be quite useful in case any issues arise after updating your WooCommerce.
  2. Test and Review: You need to set up a staging environment to test the update thoroughly. Then check if everything works as expected. Do this before applying it to your live site.
  3. Check Plugin Compatibility: Make sure your other plugins are compatible with the updated WooCommerce version. Some plugins may need updates too.
  4. Update Plugins and Themes: While you’re at it, update other plugins and themes as well. Keeping everything up-to-date ensures better compatibility.
  5. Inform Customers: If your store was temporarily closed during the update, inform your customers once it’s back online.

2. Now time to begin with creation of staging site

For the Staging process, we will be using SiteGround to create a staging of our WooCommerce site. The process will be very easy to follow. Your staging will be done with just one click.

First, log into your SiteGround account and add your WordPress site to it. Then go to WordPress -> Staging.

Here you’ll see the option to add a Staging site. We have to name our Staging site. Let’s name it woocommerce_staging.

Staging start

Then just click on ‘CREATE’ and wait for the process to be complete.

Staging Processed

After it’s complete, you will get a confirmation.

Staging Done

Yes, ironically it was that easy to create a completely working staging site.

We are done with the creation of the Staging site. Now moving on to updating the WooCommerce plugin.

If you are confused which hosting to choose for your WooCommerce site, get help from a professional WooCommerce plugin developer.

3. Updating WooCommerce

Even this process will be quite easy to follow.

Step 1- Go to your Staging site. Log in to your WordPress account and go to Plugins-> Installed Plugins.

This site will be the complete copy of your original site. Just like before, you will see your WooCommerce is pending an update.

WooCommerce Non Update

To update your WooCommerce, simply click on the ‘update now’ link. The WordPress will automatically update your WooCommerce plugin for you.

It should look something like this-

WooCommerce Update Done

There are alternate methods you can use to update your WooCommerce plugin.

You can go to your WP dashboard. Below ‘Home’ you’ll see ‘Updates’. Click on it and a page will open showing you the pending updates.

WP_Updates
Woo_Update

Now click on update and it should update your selected plugins.

Another method could be using a WooCommerce zip file. In case you have the zip file of the Latest WooCommerce plugin, go to Plugins-> Add New Plugin -> Upload Plugin. Here you have to select the zip file of the plugin and click Install Now. If the WooCommerce plugin successfully installs, you will get the success prompt.

With this we complete the WooCommerce updation process.

4. Test the Updated WooCommerce on the Staging site

After you are done with the WooCommerce Update, make sure to check every part of your WooCommerce site. Check the home page, checkout page, cart page, and even contact page.

Additionally, check the plugins that your WooCommerce is dependent on. Like WooCommerce Payments, WooCommerce Memberships, etc. Ensure they work well without any issues. And if you are looking to create a custom plugin that is built specifically for your WooCommerce site like a custom shipping or payment plugin, opt for WooCommerce development services. Here professional WooCommerce developers work efficiently to make your custom plugin well optimized and issue-free.

Now for the main step! Update your WooCommerce plugin on the Live site. You heard it right. See, don’t worry about anything going wrong even after your previous evaluation. Since you have already backed up your site, you can always restore it. Let’s begin!

5. Update WooCommerce on the live site

Once you are done checking with the WooCommerce updates, time to repeat all the steps we did in the staging site onto the live site.

When you done updating WooCommerce on the live site, again check your site for any possible issues. You never know what could go wrong. To be on the safer side, check the home page, cart and checkout page, see if your plugins are working well with the updated WooCommerce version. Then check if the WooCommerce theme is functioning well.

Key Notes

WooCommerce frequently sends its updates to tackle possible bugs and issues. But updating WooCommere without any thought would put your site in danger. These updates are like a battlefield. You’ll never know when you’ll get shot.

To be safe, we keep our WooCommerce site backed up. And when you have to update any major plugin, we test it on the staging site to pave a clear road to success.

SiteGround does a great job at hosting your WooCommece site. It can create a clone of your site, take backups, and even create staging sites. To learn more about SiteGround you can check out our blog on the best hosting services for WooCommerce.

Wrapping Up!

Following these five simple steps will help you update WooCommerce smoothly and avoid any interruptions to your online store.

By preparing well, scheduling updates wisely, backing up your data and testing thoroughly you can keep your WooCommerce site running smoothly and secure.

Keeping your platform updated is key to maintaining performance and security. These practices will make your update process easier and ensure your e-commerce store runs smoothly in the future.

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