Over the last two weeks we have been busy fixing a lot of issues for people that could have been avoided all together if two simple tasks were done:
- Backup your WordPress data
- Keep WordPress up to date
Luckily for most people – both of these tasks are simple and even automated. First of all – make sure you always have a recent backup of your WordPress database. There is a great plugin available (free) that will actually automate the process and even email you a copy of the database every x days, x weeks, etc. If you have one plugin installed with your WordPress site – install AND use WP-DB-Backup.
If you have a lot of media on your local server – make it a point to back that up every x days (whatever you can live with if something were to happen).
As for keeping WordPress up to date – it has never been more simple. When there is a new version of WordPress available – you will be notified when you log into your site. Simply click on the link to either download the latest version or to update WordPress right then and there. You cannot imagine how much time, effort, stress, and money simply updating WordPress can save you in the long run.