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Managed Plugin Updates: Visual Regression Testing

Updated on November 2nd, 2021

Managed Plugin Updates utilizes AI to perform visual regression testing after running updates on your sites. By visually comparing a series of pages before and after the updates are run, any discrepancies can be identified and your website can be quickly rolled back to its pre-update state!


Verification

VRT (Visual Regression Testing) will check your homepage and 19 other pages at random (20 total) as long as a sitemap is present.  The VRT system also checks for server response error codes, broken code, and visual changes – immediately after plugins have been updated.

For example, missing images and forms, misplaced icons, and PHP errors resulting from plugin updates will initiate a rollback and restore the site to the previous working state.

Note

You can easily add a sitemap to your WordPress site with a plugin such as Yoast SEO or XML Sitemaps.


Rollback procedure

If a rollback is initiated, a notification will be sent to one of our Technical Account Specialists to review the site and troubleshoot any issues encountered, as well as manually update your plugins.

If any action is required on your end to address errors with plugin developers or update the site, we’ll reach out directly with more information.

Note

Manual updates are completed Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm Central time, so updates may be run outside your normal schedule.

WooCommerce

Sites running WooCommerce will have their cart, checkout, and my-account pages verified, along with 3 random category pages and 13 random product pages. The following URLs will be verified:

/cart
/checkout
/my-account
/product-category/your-category-name
/product/your-product-name

If your site doesn’t utilize the above product or category URL structure, WooCommerce will be queried first for current URLs using the IDs (e.g. myflysite.com/?product=111.)


Multisite

Multisites with under 49 subsites will have the following pages verified:

  • Homepage of the main site (the main site is defined as the site ID 1 and uses the wp_options table)
  • Homepages of all subsites

Multisites with 49 or more subsites will have the following pages verified:

  • Homepage of the main site
  • Homepages of the first 49 subsites (site numbers 51 and greater will not be verified)

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