WordPress testing is imperative after updating WordPress, a plugin, or a theme to make sure none of the functionality you depend on had broken. If you have a large site with many pages, and many plugins to provide functionality it may be difficult to remember all the functionality installed on the site and what plugin provided which functionality. This is where some simple documentation will speed up testing and give you the piece of mind that the site is working as expected.
You can download the tool we use to test our WordPress sites. The goal of the spreadsheet is to provide an easy way to record all the information needed when testing and fixing a WordPress site. There is an added bonus. If you have hires someone to maintain your site the knowledge about the site does not disappear if the employee leaves.
Let’s take a look at the information that is needed for each plugin:
1. Functionality. This describes what you were trying to solve before adding the plugin to your site. This is a general decription like “Embed a map”.
2. Page Name. Having a list of all the pages that use this functionality will decrease the amount of time needed for testing. The tester can simply load each page in the list and verify the functionality still works.
3. Required Functionality: This is where the details are filled in. Describe in detail what functions are needed. For example, the map should scroll and zoom, or should is be static.
4. Plugin. Enter the name of the plugin. Include the web address for the plugin. With a web address it makes it easier to find documentation and support if available.
5. Notes. This is a great place to enter details of the setup. For example if we are embedding a map with a marker for our location we may need the latitude and longitude. Recording these details will reduce the time needed to get the functionality working again.
Investing time in completing this spreadsheet every time you add a plugin will pay dividends in saved time in testing and fixing issues with a WordPress site.
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