Content Management System (CMS) is a software application that uses database to make website creation easier without the need to manually code website pages. Each CMS has its own web developers who maintain and develop the CMS’ functionalities and performances. As technology advances through time, each CMS also needs to adapt to the changes in technology. This is when updating or upgrading of a CMS version is needed.
Most people would think that update and upgrade are the same but they’re not. Before we differentiate the two terms, let’s understand what the numbers in the CMS versions stand for. These numbers are generally assigned in ascending order. This sequence is used to identify the changes between the releases which are classified by their significance level and updates of their functions and features. Revisions are applicable to all applications and software.
- Revision/Patch release – Intended for small changes or bug fixes with its current features or functions issued approximately every one to two months.
- Minor release – Includes new functionalities without having a major function being affected issued multiple times in a year.
- Major release – Uses a new system and new functionalities which may also mean a new interface will be used as well as system requirements. This is issued approximately once a year.
Updating CMS Version
Updating the version involves revisions of a minor version or patch release. This is intended for small changes, bug fixes and/or new functionalities. Before making any updates of the version, you need to make sure that you are able to follow all precautions before you proceed with the process. Some CMS may require you to put the website on maintenance mode.
Here are some of the articles on how to update commonly used CMS:
Upgrading CMS Version
Upgrading the CMS version is more complicated than updating because it may cause errors and issues on your website. Even CMS providers themselves don’t recommend doing it without a web developer. Major releases are considered upgrading. Here are the tips you can do first before upgrading your website:
- Create a staging site with the new major version release.
- Check the system requirements of the new major version and make sure it is compatible with your hosting package.
- Slowly migrate contents of your current website to the staging one.
- Back up website files and database files.
- Once the website migration is done and works perfectly, change the website URL to the correct one.
Whatever changes you are making to your website, always make sure to create a backup first to make sure you won’t lose your hard-earned website.