Oh, the joys of keeping everything in WordPress updated!!
While working on my local business directory/classifieds site this morning , I noticed that a couple plugins needed to be updated.
Well, you have to keep things updated or you risk creating nice little loopholes for hackers, so I immediately updated them.
Even though I know that it’s a huge no-no, I do not currently back up my site before performing updates. This was primarily due to the fact that I had very little content and was not actively creating content on a regular basis. I just didn’t have much to lose until now. I’ll be rectifying this immediately.
Unfortunately, after updating the Business Directory Plugin, I received a lovely blank page in my admin area. The front end of the site still worked fine, but I couldn’t do anything from the back end.
I tried a few different things to see if I could get it rectified. No luck.
I’ve had these little hiccups a few times in the past, so I knew that the best way to get access to the admin side was to delete the guilty plugin via ftp access. Once that was done I just downloaded the plugin again and left it in deactivated status until there is hopefully another update.
Or….perhaps it’s destiny, lol.
For quite a while I’ve been considering whether or not I wanted to keep the business directory portion of the site.
Although I had originally hoped for this to be a paid directory for the Pittsburgh area, I’m not the cold calling salesman type and I don’t have a significant budget for advertising, so I have little value to offer potential clients in the forseeable future.
This little glitch gives me the opportunity to make a little shift in the focus of the site.
I can continue to work on growing the free classified portion organically and start creating some locally focused content for the site to grow it organically, monetizing it a little bit with adsense and affiliate links.
The more I think about it, the more I like this idea.
Despite this decision, I still consider the Business Directory Plugin to be the best one among WP options. I looked around a good bit after this little conflict and still find it to be the one that gives the most professional look with the free version. They also offer plenty of useful premium modules.
And I’m still using the Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin (AWPCP) that they offer for the classified portion of my site.
Okay, back to some housework before heading off to my 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM shift at work….ugghhh. I’m so looking forward to putting this type of job in my rear view mirror.