WordPress is the most preferred tool by the beginners to start their websites or blogs. In fact, WordPress supports rich set of plugins so that you don’t have to write your own code for the functionalities you need. But you should make sure that the plugin that you are going to install is tested for your version of WordPress, other wise you will end up crashing your website.
In this tutorial I would like to let you know how to check if the plugin is tested for your version of WordPress or not and how to recover the website after a potential crash.
Make sure that you have the credentials to login to your WordPress cPanel. If you are facing issues to login, please contact your hosting provider for assistance.
For example, if you want to install caching plugin or any other plugin for that matter, you need to check if that plugin is tested for your website’s WordPress version.
- Go to your WordPress Dashboard and click on Plugins tab from the left menu.
- Click on Add New button and search for the plugin.
- Let’s say I want to install WP Super Cache to enable caching for my website.
- Before clicking on Install Now, just check the info about the plugin. At the right bottom you can see that “Untested for your version of WordPress“. It means that this plugin is not tested for your version of WordPress and it is not certain that your website will continue to work if you install this plugin.
I suggest, never install untested plugins to your WordPress. I crashed my WordPress site many times when I started working on WordPress in the beginning.
There are chances that you will end up crashing your website. If you are unable to access the Dashboard or wp-admin of WordPress site, then the only option to recover the site is from cPanel.
I will post a separate tutorial on how to recover crashed WordPress website because of untested WordPress plugin.