To do this, disable your plugins one-by-one, checking whatever the issue is each time.Should you notice that the problem’s gone away, whatever plugin you just deactivated was likely the culprit.Keep it deactivated and contact the plugin developer.

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As we do with any Word Press update, we immediately tested it on a number of our own internal sites and compared notes with everyone else in the Copyblogger family. However, that does not mean everything is guaranteed to go smoothly.

Even if 99.9 percent of sites experience no issues with an upgrade, there is always that 0.1 percent that can experience a small and usually solvable problem.

It won’t be related to hosting (as we’d then see it on all of our sites) or Genesis (as the Studio Press team would know before Word Press even released the update), but rather, it will likely be related to one of the many other variables that site owners introduce to their sites with custom themes and plugins. In this post, I’ll quickly walk you through two action items you can take to try to isolate and fix the potential problems on your own.

We, of course, are always happy to help you figure out what the issue may be, but you may not want to wait even 15-20 minutes for a reply. It’s possible that your theme is causing an issue with the upgrade, especially if it’s not a rapidly and proactively supported theme like we build over at Studio Press.

To see if your theme is the issue, deactivate it and activate the default Word Press theme, which is guaranteed to work flawlessly with the Word Press update. Keep it deactivated if the problem is important enough that it cannot be tolerated.

Then, go back and check whatever issue you were having. Then contact your theme developer and let them know.

If the issue remains, then your theme likely had nothing to do with it. Remember our post about the virtues of a minimalistic plugin strategy?

And our post about when you should and shouldn’t use plugins?

Well, I left out an important reason to be judicious in your deployment of plugins: sometimes they wreak havoc with Word Press updates.