In case you may have missed it, WordPress is releasing a MAJOR update on Tuesday with WP 5.7. It’s been a while since there’s been a major overhaul with a WP release, so here’s what I would recommend doing before the release date.

I ALWAYS recommend taking a full backup of your site before working on it, and that is even more true when dealing with a major update like this. While normal, minor updates always have the potential to be incompatible with your theme or plugins, the risk is greater with this major overhaul. Make sure you have a backup BEFORE the release!

Why have a backup before the release? Some sites are set to update automatically, which will install this update even if you’re not ready for it. So get your backup done now. While you’re at it, I’d also recommend installing the Easy Updates Manager, and setting your updates to be done manually. This will ensure that you can always take a site backup before something gets automatically installed and breaks your site. If you’d like to see more on this plugin, and what the recommended configurations are, check out

If you rely on someone else to do this for you (such as your web designer), get in touch with them ASAP and make sure that they have a full backup before this update.