The one click update is possible. To get to the point of being able to click the update button and wait for the updates to implement successfully means following some good practices for the wellbeing of the website. The one click update is user savvy. No one wants to spend so much time trying to figure out why the best software for a website, WordPress, is so difficult to operate.

It’s a simple solution and it depends on whose advice you follow and how many plugins are installed in the site. How much is too much? This depends on what extra functions you want your site to have. No matter how simple your website is, there’s going to be problems of one sort or another.

There’s an endless division in the world of websites. The tech savvy and the non-tech savvy person. Obviously, the developer who crafts the core WordPress code, or a Theme knows more than the person who doesn’t.

The non-tech savvy person is the user, the one on the receiving end of the work of the tech savvy person. The user is the operator of the website. Technology should simplify the process for the user, instead a website can be bloated with too many plugins.

A Plugin Extends Website Function

When a major version of WordPress is updated some plugins may not work the way they used to. Keep these things in mind if you start to have problems with updates:

Make sure the plugin is compatible with your version of WordPress

The WordPress software is the core that runs the website and isn’t the WordPress Theme

The Theme overlays the core software and doesn’t modify the core of WordPress

Sometimes your theme updates and the plugin you thought was compatible stops working

Plugins are packages of code that extend the core functionality of WordPress. The code is PHP, a scripting language used in open source software. This is what the developer uses when they “write” the code. The PHP files have “text,” HTML (hypertext markup language), CSS (cascading style sheets) and JavaScript, a specific code that is separate from the PHP scripting language.

Plugins are specifically coded and written by developers who integrate the code to work within the existing core. Plugins add specific functions to the website.

The WordPress Plugin Repository

There are 44,000+ Plugins in the WordPress Repository. Ideally, plugins should work because they’re all WordPress plugins. The developer built an excellent plugin, but it may not be compatible with your Theme. Why? The plugin wasn’t developed by the same developer that developed the theme. 

Using the Divi Theme as an example with this site, I found some plugins didn’t work well with the Divi Theme. This is not the fault of the plugin or the theme, it’s a fact of human nature. Across the board everyone has this problem. Think about the World Wide Web for a moment and the vast numbers of people interacting with code, there are different developers working on different teams.

Fierce competition exists, and you’ll find one plugin developer criticizing another one. Just because a plugin isn’t in the WordPress Repository doesn’t mean it’s no good. As a front-end user, I cannot fathom the eternal conflict with technology. We’re all using the same software, WordPress.

WordPress Core Updates

WordPress is a good software to use. You can tell by the number of people using it. 28% of websites worldwide run on WordPress. The core software is updated with security fixes regularly. You have to click the update button, it’s not done automatically for you.

In the Dashboard in the Updates section you will see when there is an update needed. If you have the latest version of WordPress you’ll see this message.

This site updates with one click. The customizations and changes made in the Divi Theme are inside the modules and don’t affect the Divi core code or WordPress core code. The one click update will depend on how much modification exists in the site.

The Divi Child Theme

A Divi Child Theme is built from the Divi Framework, specifically styled by a developer and a designer. This is an alternative if you want a ready made website designed with the Divi Theme. Take a look at these gorgeous Child Themes built in the Divi Theme.

You want a Theme built by a reputable developer. It doesn’t take much to find the reputable developers. They’re the ones in business, and they’re good at what they do.

This website is not using a Child Theme, it’s built with the Divi Theme Framework by me, the user.

The Divi Theme has grown in popularity and there are plugins specifically for Divi. Naturally, I’m using those plugins. The social sharing plugin is Monarch, and the Newsletter sign up is Bloom. The most recent plugin installed is the Divi Blog Extended plugin. The blog plugin has a selection of layout designs pre-formatted for the blog page.

So yes, I operate within the Divi ecosphere for now. But I know the developers of the Divi Theme work with developers from all over the world, just as WordPress does.

There will always be updates, revisions, and code collisions. It’s the nature of technology. Once you figure out WordPress, plugins, and themes on the front end, the non-tech user isn’t so non-tech after all. When the update notices arrive, you can smile and do the one click update.

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