88: How to Successfully Update Divi
In this episode, I will walk through a quick and easy path to successfully update Divi
Tim Strifler’s Guide to Update Divi -> https://divilife.com/how-to-update-your-divi-website-safely-to-divi-4-0/
What’s up Divi addicts? Welcome back to the podcast and in this episode, I’m going to walk you through a quick and easy path to successfully update Divi.
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In today’s episode, as we promised in the intro, we’re going to walk you through a quick and easy path to successfully update Divi. This is one that you can’t take lightly. I mean, WordPress and websites in general are just like any modern tech, I mean, if you get a bad update, you know, things can go really South if you update your phone, and there’s a lot of bugs, it can almost become unusable and sometimes it can become unusable. That’s why it’s critical to take the right steps when you’re updating Divi specifically but also WordPress, just in general, all plugins, all everything, right.
So the first thing you want to do is with Divi always wait for an additional point release. So if they’re putting out Divi 4.1, or Divi 4.3, I’ll always wait until they get Divi 4.3 point two, that additional point release, you know, they almost always put out 4.3 point one right away because they find some things that they needed to work on, they fixed them really quick and they put out an update. I let them go through another round of bug fixes before I update usually to my live site. This is really key because it allows them to work through bugs, make sure that there’s more parity and more compatibility across the board. So I wait for that to happen. First and foremost.
My second step is that I make sure I have a staging environment, I have a copy of my site where I can work on it, I can do the updates, I can test things and it doesn’t impact the actual site that’s live that people see. That is critical. Because if you if you don’t do that you run the risk of breaking something and ultimately hurting your income. So always have a staging environment pay for hosting that automates this process and makes it easy for you and your workflow. I highly suggest flywheel. You’ve been around here long enough. You know I love flywheel. It’s just it is what we use. It’s what I love, it makes working so simple.
The next part is to actually go into that staging environment and update thoroughly. That means update all WordPress, all your themes, all your plugins, and then go through every site, submit form contacts, make sure your forms work, make sure all your pages load, your CSS looks good, everything’s where it should be nothing funky is happening. No animations are off. everything just works. From there. You know, if you see any issues, you have to wait for another update or go back in and find out what’s causing the conflict. Whether it’s a plugin, or custom CSS or custom code in general, you’ll have to figure out those problems.
But if you’re good, you can go ahead and take what you have in your staging environment and push it to your live site. That means you’re good, you’re ready to roll. And your live site will be updated with no problems. Again, the next final step of this though, is once it’s pushed from the staging environment into your live site, you always want to go through the live site just to validate one more time. Yeah, it’s a process. But if you depend on a functioning website for business or leads or whatever, this is a process you have to stick to to be safe, protect yourself and ensure that anyone who comes to your website is going to actually see your website the way it was intended. That’s really the whole process of making sure you update properly.
Right So continuing in with the resource of the week you know, we’ve done this for a little while now and this week, it’s perfectly on topic. We’re we have an article from Divi life.com, that will link in the show notes that shows you and walks you through Tim Strifler steps to actually updating Divi, Tim is a guy I respect in the community. He’s got a great ecommerce site. He’s been a huge contributor to the Divi community. And he’s just, he’s just a person and a business person that I look up to, you know, I definitely appreciate his approach to business, the kind demeanor that he has with the community. He’s just somebody that if you’re not familiar with him, and you happen to find this podcast, you definitely want to follow Tim’s content as well. He puts out a lot of great, great stuff for the community. So we’ll link up in the show notes a full article and video from Tim’s perspective on how to update your Divi website safely. So that’s pretty much it for this episode.
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