Case Study: Staging environment
+ ANALYSIS + HOW TO SOLVE
Does this ever happened with you?
Have you ever updated a plugin on your WordPress site and had the "White Screen Of Death"? You didn't alter any code, however, the website goes pear-shaped right in front of you, all from one little plugin. Worried, you attempt a couple of things and manage to get it back online, only to see a distorted layout. Not long after that, site visitors start sharing witty commentary about their experience and depending upon the nature of your site, you take a hit in the revenue department.
You need to repair something on your site, and when you do, 3 more things break. Downtime annoys clients. Processes do not go through, and you don't get paid. You have an unusual bug in your customer's production that you can't replicate on your local server for some reason. You pushed a "harmless" set of modifications to your production and caused it to break quietly. On Friday night. Auch! You have actually been developing a client's website for months while hosting it on your server. It was working fine, till the hand-off site migration. After that, some parts are not quite right, some are dead-broken, the pages render differently for some reason, and the whole website looks type of ... odd, due to integration/migration issues.
It doesn't matter in what business niche you're freelancing. Whether you mastered content writing, SEO, marketing, development or other valuable skills, knowing everything is impossible. Unexpected glitches affect your client relationship. Disappointments dissolve future business from your customer. Anger can even create unforeseen backlashes. You're simply dissatisfied. And nothing is great. You're experiencing the exact opposite of the wow effect. Read the ANALYSIS and find out HOW TO SOLVE this specific case.