How to work in WordPress without stress

How to work in WordPress without stress

June 16, 2022

You ever get WordPressStress?

I bet you have all been there: you just want to change something on a page quickly and… BOOM… something goes wrong and messes up your layout or text. And the doorbell rings, the milk boils over, or you’re next meeting is starting in 5 minutes. So now something is wrong with your website, and you do not have time to fix it.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could work in a way that this never happens? Ever?

And I am not just talking about those quick changes you do on the fly, but also about more drastic iterations to your pages or post that are recommended to be done on a staging site. But that is too much hassle, so you never do and continue to live dangerously.

Here are 3 superb (and free) plugins for a carefree WordPress experience

With these simple tools, you can avoid a lot of the stress and get back to enjoying working on your website. Without stress, you will be much more creative, more productive and more healthy!

1. UpdraftPlus backups

This is an easy-to-use and reliable plugin that makes a backup of your website with a single click of a button. It is super easy.

This is when I always make a backup with UpdraftPlus:

  • before making big changes to the design or content of the site
  • after making big changes to the design or content of the site
  • before updating WordPress, the theme or any plugins.
  • before migrating a website to somewhere else

You can save backups in WordPress or on FTP or cloud storage such as Google Drive or Dropbox. There any many more options, but to be honest. I just click that backup button and do that regularly. And this way, I always have a backup that can be restored with the same click of a button.

The only thing to watch out for is that you’re not saving an extensive history of backups because that can use up all your storage space. So hop over to settings and save, let’s say, only the last 3 backups.

UpdraftPlus is free, and the Premium plan starts at $70 / year

Backup with UpDraftPlus (external link)

2. Yoast Duplicate Post

Initially, I started to use this plugin because it does what the name says, it can duplicate content such as pages, posts, projects, products, menus and everything on your WordPress site. You can fine-tune the plugin to your liking. In the settings, you determine exactly what the plugin does and doesn’t duplicate for you.

But the magic happens with the new and powerful Rewrite & Republish feature. If you choose this function, a new duplicated version of your original post is created. You edit the duplicated version, and after you’re done and republish that draft, your duplicated post will be merged into the original post!

So you can now edit your pages behind the scenes, take as long as you like, and if something goes wrong, just delete the draft you created with Rewrite & Republish and start again. The original live post will not be affected.

I simply LOVE this plugin and think it is one of the most hidden treasures in plugin land.

Yoast Duplicate Post is entirely free.

How to use Yoast Duplicate Post (external link)

3. SeedProd

SeedProd is on my list of products to explore more. It’s a complete website builder with some pretty neat features. If you are using the complete builder, let me know, I’d love to hear your experience.

Currently, I use it only to create simple maintenance or under construction pages that can be turned on or off as desired to shield a website from the public without visitors thinking something is wrong.

It takes only a few minutes to set up and works like a charm.

You can use the SeedProd plugin for free. Paid plans start at $79/year

How to create an under construction page with SeedProd (external link)

The tools I recommend in this article

Backup with UpdraftPlus

Rewrite & Republish with Yoast Duplicate Post

Maintenance page with SeedProd

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