For anyone running the Visual Composer Page Builder plugin from WP Bakery, you may have recently found that your plugin no longer works, leaving you with just a main bar where the editable area with your page content once was.
Before you go into a mad panic and freak out, there is a simple solution.
After a recent update of WordPress many people using VC Page Builder experienced this issue, and in most cases it is just a matter of updating the plugin to the latest version, available at ThemeForest.net, and you should be running fine again.
However, to ensure your update goes smoothly, here is the recommended steps to take, just in case:
- Ensure you have a backup of your site.
You can download Updraft Backup (free version) from the Plugins area of your site, and do a backup BEFORE proceeding any further.
Updraft keeps a backup of your entire site including the database in a folder inside your WordPress folder, or you can set Updraft to backup to Dropbox, Box or Google Drive.
The backup takes a couple of minutes usually, and ensures that if anything goes wrong you can just revert to the previous version, or reinstall from the backup.
- You now want to click on the Update VC Page Builder plugin.
If it tells you it can’t update it, you may need to purchase a copy of it at Themeforest.net, and then disable the plugin on your site and upload it, which should then replace the old plugin with the new. Activate it and hopefully you are back up and running.
- If it still doesn’t work…
You may find your WordPress Theme has Visual Composer elements integrated into it, in which case they may require updating as well. the safest way to do this is to view your Themes and see if there is an update available. If you can’t tell, click on the theme image and see what version is running, and then go to the theme’s website and compare versions. You might need to purchase the update of the theme in this instance. If this is the case, before upgrading the theme, ensure you have a Child Theme of your site, as you only want to replace the parent theme, which will update the theme but not wipe out your customisation of your site (navigation, fonts, colors, etc).
- Final test of your site and back up.
Once you have your Visual Composer all running again and everything is working fine, do another backup of your website via Updraft to ensure that if you have any issues in future you know you have a working version of your site safely locked away.