I see it time and time again. WooCommerce release an awesome new update, and tonnes of messages flood in reporting broken live sites. The big mistake is that you should never run updates on a live site without testing them first.Click To Tweet This is entirely avoidable if you run through the update process in the right way. How to Test a WooCommerce Update The process of testing a WooCommerce update should be as follows. Note: If you’re not comfortable with coding, you should outsource this process to your developer. Create a staging version of your live site. Update WooCommerce and any other WooCommerce plugins via the WordPress admin Plugins tab. Turn your payment methods to sandbox/testing mode so you can test checking out. Manually run through your customer journey and check for any errors/issues. As you land on each page of the journey, check the error log (located at wp-content/debug.log) for any errors. Any time an error appears, use the error message to help you track it down and fix the issue. Most likely you’ll be seeing PHP warnings, as most WooCommerce updates will be backwards compatible. How to Create a Staging Site Most WordPress hosting companies these days
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