WooCommerce Maintenance Tips to Refine Your Ecommerce Store

WooCommerce is one of the best e-commerce platforms available, and it’s largely due to the fact that the team at WooThemes is effective at keeping the plugin functional with timely updates and technical adjustments. The flip side to that is that you’ll have to be up-to-date with what’s going on with the platform. Maintenance will be needed to ensure that your store stays afloat with very little downtime. Maintenance is minimal when compared to some other platforms, but it’s still absolutely crucial. Today, we’ll discuss some WooCommerce Maintenance Tips so you can keep your WooCommerce store up to date.

  1. Update the Plugin

One of the most basic WooCommerce maintenance tips I can provide is to update it consistently. Updates are released for a reason; sometimes they are minor, and other times they can be major overhauls to the security or functionality of the plugin. Here are a few reasons why you must update WooCommerce consistently:

WordPress itself is often the target of malicious hacking attempts. Updates from WordPress and WooCommerce are often issued in response to serious security threats. Ignoring these updates will leave your site perilously unprotected.

WooCommerce will often improve the functionality of the plugin with updates. WooThemes has a reputable track record of improving the plugin, so when you update, you will be receiving a more effective tool.

  1. A Backup Is One of Your Best Security Measures

If you’re on the road driving your car and you get in a major crash, but you don’t have health insurance to cover it, it’d be an understatement to say that you will be in a pretty bad situation.

Well, the same goes for your website. Your backup is your insurance, of sorts. It’s safe to assume that you have a great deal of information on your site, like customer and order details, product catalogs, and more. If your site goes down, you won’t be able to get any of that back. Your business essentially goes down the drain. If you want a dependable backup solution, use BackupBuddy.

  1. Keep Your Product Inventory Updated

Updating your inventory is one of the most necessary WooCommerce maintenance tips. Imagine walking by a physical store, and you see certain products in the window, but you realize those products are no longer for sale once you enter inside the store. It’s the same concept with your online product inventory. If it’s not up-to-date, you’re setting customers up for disappointment and frustration. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Keep your product description accurate
  • Ensure the product photos match the actual product
  • Update stock information
  • Be clear on pricing
  • When products are unavailable, delete them or state that the product is out of stock

Set up a Staging Site

I made an earlier point about consistently updating your site. While this is absolutely necessary, it can also be a bit risky if you already have a full-fledged site with various plugins and tools in the backend. A major update may not be able to properly coexist with your current backend setup, which can cause your site to function poorly.

This is one reason that’s it’s absolutely recommended to host a separate staging site to test the many elements of your WooCommerce store.

A staging site will be a duplicate of your live site. You will copy all of your pages on your live site. In fact, it’s a better idea to start off designing on the staging site and move it to the real site once it’s finished.

The common way to set up a staging site is to use a subdomain on your primary domain. For example:


You may be wondering how you’re going to transfer changes between the two sites. You can do it manually– as in, make a change on one site and duplicate that to the other. But, in reality, that’s not the most efficient way to do things. A faster option would be to use the BackupBuddy Deployment option. In essence, you make changes on one site and you can restore those changes to the other site. Here’s a tutorial that will show you how to do it.

  1. Maintain Constant Uptime

The beauty of e-commerce is that your store can be online 24/7. There are no hiatuses, no vacations, and that can yield more revenue for your business. If your site is down, you don’t receive that benefit, and you can definitely lose customers because of it.

There are times when your server can be down, and you won’t be aware of it.

Because you cannot manually check your site’s uptime 24/7, you will need to use a monitoring tool. The Jetpack plugin has a Monitor tool that will check your site every five minutes. If downtime is detected, the plugin will send you an email with the details.


Thorough maintenance puts your e-commerce operation in a position to succeed. Following the tips in this post will enable you to keep your store functionally healthy.

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Joseph Riviello

Looking for a seasoned WooCommerce expert and digital marketing strategist with an unwavering dedication to client success? Meet Joe Riviello, the CEO of Zen Agency, with over 22 years of experience helping e-commerce businesses scale through holistic marketing strategies. Joe Riviello is a seasoned WooCommerce expert, digital marketing strategist, and CEO of Zen Agency with over 22 years of experience in the e-commerce industry. He is a passionate business development professional committed to helping businesses reach their full potential through various holistic digital marketing strategies. Joe's expertise lies in creating a seamless user experience for customers while delivering strong business results. He has worked with several high-profile clients across various industries, including retail, healthcare, and finance, helping them achieve their business goals through digital marketing solutions. Joe's journey to becoming a CEO started with his passion for technology and user experience design. He has always been interested in how technology can solve business challenges and improve customer experiences. Throughout his career, he has focused on creating e-commerce websites and digital marketing campaigns that provide an exceptional user experience while delivering strong business results. As the CEO of Zen Agency, Joe is responsible for leading the agency's strategic direction and ensuring that clients receive the highest quality of service. He is a natural leader who inspires and motivates his team to achieve their goals and deliver exceptional results for clients. Joe is a recognized industry leader and has spoken at several conferences on topics related to digital marketing, user experience design, and business strategy. He passionately advocates for data-driven marketing and believes that every business, regardless of size or industry, can benefit from a holistic digital marketing strategy.

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