“We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.”
— Rabbi Shemuel ben Nachmani
This doesn’t mean that bad things will OR won't happen to you; it simply means that they occur in a random fashion as part of your everyday life. In the same thought, however, a single assumption is always correct: everything that can go wrong will go wrong.
While we’re sure you have been busy pulling endless hours, answering questions from your customers and managing your important daily business, we know that heading home for the holidays may not be the complete break from work you are hoping for. You’re a WordPress owner and every year you’re dreading the inevitable "bad news update", which typically comes right as the festivities are about to begin.
Now let’s take a look at the upcoming Christmas holiday: Is the "bad news update" really as inevitable as you might think? The role of a WordPress owner is not a 9-5 responsibility, but rather 24/7/365. Do yourself a favor and try not to mention these events when talking about your business at the family dinner. If you do, you won’t enjoy your meal and you'll be a grumpy boring uncle. Ignoring an easily remediable real-life problem, however, is never a solution. This phenomenon is known as “selective perception," and we all have it, whether we realize it or not. It’s the process by which we select, categorize, and analyze incidents from our environment to create meaningful experiences while blocking out stimuli that rather obviously contradicts our expectations.
One thing is certain: During the holidays, WordPress problems are a generally unlikely event. Reliable downtime statistics of hosting companies are few, because which company would like to publish such numbers? From our many years of experience, however, it can be said quite clearly that there should not be an accumulation of WordPress problems during the Christmas season. A quick look at Google Trends confirms this. What does the helpless owner look for in the Christmas and holiday season? The "website down, failed update, Fatal Error" are certainly popular search terms - and according to Google Trends, there have been some parallel peaks in search behavior in the last 12 months.
Plan for the Worst Before you Celebrate the Best of the Season
When preparing to take some time off during the holidays, think about how events during this routine change could surprisingly go wrong, and how you will recover when it does. Having at least a plan of how you could back out from any given situation is much better than having to completely make it up during an urgent scenario. This Christmas use “What could possibly go wrong?” as your personal mantra, and maybe also invest in some professional WordPress Services, because you've heeded all eventualities. Keep in mind: it is the job of a good manager to always consider what could go wrong.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
The question “What could possibly go wrong?” should be on the lips of every decent, considerate, WordPress owner. A good one is thinking about all these vital parts all the time:
- WP security
- WP maintenance
- WP backup
- WP monitoring
- WP speed
Your WordPress must be able to withstand these five challenges in tandem. When planning for WordPress Services, always allow for the fact that mistakes (whether human or technical idiocy) will occur. A brief outage or a new improvement shouldn't cause a complete online presence shutdown. In the middle of an outage, when you are about to take some remedial action, you should consider if you could make things worse, and decide whether the risk is worth it. Sometimes it's better to hire our team and avoid making it worse, which might almost feel liberating.
Prevent what is Generally Unseasonable
In case you're in danger of being hit by the full force of improbability just when you least expect or fear it the most, you now have a few days to find a solution that will help you, no matter what. If you are not yet using & loving owl WordPress Services, we have good news: it isn't impossible to prevent what is generally unreasonable and we're in the business to help. Happy Holidays!