WordPress 5.0 just landed with a new post and page editor called Gutenberg. Because WordPress 5.0 is a major version release, you’ll want to have a proper update checklist in place so the update goes smoothly.
How to update your WordPress to update WordPress 5.0
It’s a good idea to do a little prep work before updating your current wordpress installation to WordPress 5.0 (and any major version release). This checklist will help you walk through the update process before and after hitting the “Update” button.
1.Make a complete backup of your entire wordpress website
Backup the database and all the files in your installation. Don’t do backup manually. Use custom plugin from WordPress or use cloud backup service from this cloud backup link to completely update your wordpress files and also database automaticaly.
2.Test your update in a WordPress Stagging environment
Using a stagging site to preview how your site handles the upadate can save troubleshooting time. Also, you can decide want to use classic editor or using new powerfull Gutenberg Editor. If you want to do stagging to test update wordpress 5.0. You can sign up paid or free dedicated vps wordpress hosting from this link .
3.Confirm your current theme has support for the new Gutenberg WordPress Editor
Confirm your new website running normally in stagging environment. Check there is no conflicts exist between how your theme handles the new content blocks
4.Confirm shortcodes in post/pages still work
If you are using plugins that insert shortcodes into the content area of post or pages, confirm they still work normally in WordPress 5.0.
5.Check your media and external content
Also check your image media and external content if you are using cdn to optimize your website speed. Make sure that your website still run normally with this new version.
6.Ready to update ? use the “update” button in your WordPress admin Dashboard to complete update wordpress 5.0
When everything is running normally in stagging system. you can start updating your site by clicking “update” button from your WordPress dashboard.
7.Perform a thorough audit of your website after post-update
Do one more complete audit to check your website post-update. Dont forget to check plugin and also external content from your website.
8.Alert other users about new Gutenberg WordPress Editor when compose or edit post/pages.
Make sure other user aware about this new configuration. Not just new configuration, but also new editor called Gutenberg. Make sure your team have no problem composing/editing in this new editor.
WordPress 5.0 have tons of new improvement. Make sure that you always use latest WordPress Update. For your own security and performance, we are recommend that you are using dedicated vps wordpress hosting that have performance and security guarantee because one account per one server. Also, make sure that your website is always backed up using cloud backup solutions, to protect your invesment and build your business continuity and customer trust.