One of the great things about WordPress is that you don’t have to be a web developer to add content, such as articles and graphics. But in order to make other changes – or more ambitious design changes – it’s important to follow a few steps just in case something goes awry.

Here is a summary:

  1. Backup the site; both production and staging.
  2. Make your changes to the staging site (or testing site that is a duplicate of the production site).
  3. Test. This can’t be stressed enough. Verify across devices (desktop, tablet and smartphone) and across browsers.
  4. Once you’ve confirmed the changes are what you want, copy the staging site to production.

The most important take-aways here are:

  • Don’t make changes directly to a production website.
  • Always make backups in advance.