Here we are again.

  • It’s been almost a month since we published our last Post.

We really needed to take a few days off.

Now, we are full of energy (again) and eager to share with you many things that we have been investigating.

 

But, first of all, we want to talk about something important that happened these days:

  • The WordPress 5.5 update.

 

Should you install it?

  • What did we do?

Today we will give you our recommendations on whether you should update your WordPress to version 5.5 based on our own experience.

 

In case you don’t know, in this section we talk about How we are building this Website: our SEO strategy, Plugins we use, our Traffic Results…

 

This Post will be divided into 2 different parts:

1. Should you update your WordPress to version 5.5?

2. Our Google Analytics report for today: Users and Pageviews we have.

 

Let’s begin:

1. Should you update your WordPress to version 5.5?

 

As a general rule we tend to wait at least a month before thinking about installing the latest minor WordPress update.

What do we mean by a minor update?

  • A second-decimal update:
    • For example: from 5.4.1 to 5.4.2.

 

Why?

  • Because it is possible that some plugins are not yet adapted to the new version.
    • And this can create some serious issues.

 

For a medium WordPress update (a first decimal update; from 5.4.2 to 5.5, in this case) we tend to wait at least 2 months.

 

This last WordPress update (the 5.5) was released 2 weeks ago (on August 11, 2020) and, some of our Plugins are not compatible yet:

Example of one of our Not-Compatible Plugins.

 

If you check the “View details” option in your Plugins menu, you’ll be able to check this compatibility:

 

We’ll wait until mid-October (approx) to update our WordPress to version 5.5.

 

As you can guess, for major WordPress updates (from 5.x.x to 6, for example) we wait much more:

  • Minimum 6 months.

 

What happens if you have few or no Plugins at all?

 

If you use a recent Theme (twenty twenty, for example) and you practically have no Plugins installed in your Site, you can update your WordPress without any problem.

  • However, you should check compatibility as we showed you before.

 

What if you updated your WordPress version and are having problems?

 

Calm down.

If this is your case, we recommend you to check your cPanel, and look for a Backup tool.

  • In general, good Hostings generate automatic Backups, sometimes every day.
    • In addition, they give access to these Backups with different easy-to-use tools.

 

This way, you can restore your Site in few minutes.

  • You only have to chose a date, (for example the day before) and your Site will be exactly as it was on the day you choose.

That is all.

 

If you don’t find this tool, contact your Hosting and ask for it (it also takes few minutes).

 

But, remember: Don’t try to downgrade your WordPress manually (unless you are an expert, of course).

  • It is dangerous: You can remove or modify things that could put your entire Site at risk.

 

Now, let’s see what happened to our traffic these Holidays:

 

2. Our Google Analytics report for today: Users and Pageviews we have.

This August has not been a very good month but, even so, it has been better than the previous month.

  • July was a complete disaster.

In our next Post (a monthly special Post) we’ll analyze the entire month.

 

Users:

As you can see in the Post’s top picture, our numbers are again improving.

  • We have had 1 and a half months of decrease and stabilization of traffic.
    • Since the first of July.

 

Pageviews:

We currently receive 6,358 Pageviews per month.

  • 2 months ago, we had more than 8,000.

 

In the next few weeks, we expect our traffic to improve.

  • We will keep you informed here, in our Diary.

 

As always: thanks for being there!

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