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THIS IS­SUE’S EX­PERT: Lu­cas Kowal­ski, Word­press De­vel­oper, Whole­grain Dig­i­tal ( www.whole­graindig­i­tal.com)

Web User - - Build A Better Site -

QI’m in­trigued by the beta tools in Word­press and would love to try them out. Is it too risky to do this on my main web­site? It’s only a per­sonal site so it’s not a dis­as­ter if it goes down oc­ca­sion­ally. Dave Berke­ley, via email

ATest­ing Word­press’s cut­ting-edge fea­tures is fun, but bear in mind that they’re still in de­vel­op­ment, which means they may in­clude bugs and se­cu­rity vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties and may not work with your plug-ins. I’d rec­om­mend try­ing them out in a de­vel­op­ment en­vi­ron­ment on your PC rather than on your site, be­cause then you can play with them with­out tak­ing any risks. It’s your web­site, so the de­ci­sion is yours, but if you try new tools on your site, back it up first.

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