Keeping WordPress up to date

Remote Developers who support clients using WordPress must consider some very simple rules.  Our hosted services support observation of these rules so that end clients, editors, authors and contributors have the simplest and richest, most secure and successful experience of using a great product which has become the industry standard in the publishing industry.

The lastest version of WordPress features also a new Gallery.  Out of the box.

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Or upload a plugin to render a slideshow.

The second rule is: avoid multisite unless you fit what it is designed for.  It appears ideal for instances where the incorporation of multiple brands marketed to a common user list who may be members of one or more of these brands.  It is often used in this manner.  But does a massively expanding list of users in one place not expose the organization to more risk?  It is an important consideration as it requires continuous management to get it right.  In other words, there are pros and cons.

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The first rule is quite simple: keep WordPress up to date.  Why?  Why not!  It is a nearly 100% safe method to protect your site from gaping holes in security that may have existed in earlier version, to avoid being tripped up by not being GDPR compliant, and to receive the latest features.  The latest update incorporates a vastly superior editing experience.  

An excellent reason for multisite is multiple publications with the same set of users as authors.  They can login once, and choose which publication they are working on, and follow the same rules.  If you want to lockdown plugins developers can use, then multisite enables this behaviour.

An obvious con is that if you sell one of the brands you have to remove exclusive users of that brand from your database.  Why would anyone do that?  Because of GDPR.  The value of a huge mailing list may make this counter-intuitive.

An appropriate application is when an academic institute hosts multiple doctorate students preparing individual content, with shared templates – when it is supported by a single person it is easier if you have one backend system instead of many.

For Remote Developers who support WordPress, it pays to spend more time planning the way the site will work, our developers can use a recommended list of plugins and themes we know work. 

If you host your WordPress clients or projects with Remote Development we help you move your starter site to a cloud for better performance and provide scaling opportunities, but simple things like updates can be automated.  We can advise on a list of plugins, automate updates, provide backups, basically provide you with a set of tools we know work.  

WordPress has become a powerful solution to publishing.  A Remote Developer for WordPress clients can use our infrastructure for hosting development projects, staging servers, as well as resell our client dedicated cloud solutions, which are scalable.  Join our team today.

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