They are words that used to scare me. While they still aren’t the most pleasant to hear strung together, they don’t cause me to move to DEFCON 2 anymore and bolt out of my seat. Through the years I’ve learned the importance of backing files up and Command+Z’ing just about anything and I’ve taught those same lessons to my web team.
I highly recommend you all read, print and bookmark this article from WPmayor.com “What to Do When a WordPress Plugin Causes Your Website to Crash.” I saw the link to this piece come through Chris Wiegman’s Twitter feed over the weekend. It immediately caught my eyes as it is something that happens around my classroom once a month. It covers everything from how to backup your database and files on a regular basis to what you should do when a plugin causes a white screen of death.
While it’s important to learn how to do things, it’s equally important in the web world to learn how to undo them.