WordPress: Why You Should Always Update

We would like to remind everyone to check their WordPress websites and make sure there are no updates pending so that you do not become a victim. You can prevent this now simply by doing the pending update!

These updates are so important, that we’ve now written a post about it πŸ™‚

Quite often, we receive distraught emails from those who have had their websites compromised because they failed to keep it updated.

Self-hosted WordPress

If your WordPress website is self-hosted, that means it’s yours and you are the owner. You are responsible for the maintenance of the website and ensuring that it remains up to date. You must maintain it regularly in the same way as you would with your um, vehicle.

All of your themes, plugins and WordPress versions should always be the latest released version so that your site is running at its best.

Sometimes, updates can be daunting as it may cause a problem on your site. This only happens if plugins are not compatible with each other, or the newer version is not compatible with your theme.

There is always a small risk when updating your website, so always make sure that you have a backup of the database and FTP files just to be safe. However, having said that please do not refrain from updating the site on an assumption that something terrible will happen.

The tiny niggles (if any) after an update, will be nothing compared to the disaster you will face if you fail to update your website regularly.

If your web hosting provider does not have a backup option, then you can search the WordPress repository for a plugin to help you with this.

We recommend All In One WP Security & Firewall, which has a built-in database back up function amongst other features to make your website secure.

WordPress Security Fixes

83% of hacked WordPress sites were not maintained and updated regularly according to WPBeginner. A hacker waits for a new update to patch security vulnerabilities in previous versions.

Once they learn this, they start by attacking the sites that have not yet applied the new update. When you update, those security vulnerabilities are strengthened which keeps your website resistant to malicious attacks.

WordPress Bug Fixes

A software bug is an error or fault in a computer program or system that causes it to produce an incorrect or unexpected result. They can come in many shapes and sizes and are dependent on how your website is structured.

For example, a plugin update could cause a certain function to become unresponsive, other bugs can be more serious and flag major security concerns leaving you vulnerable to hacks.

The WordPress team and most of the plugin developers are usually quick to respond to security threats and will often push updates out to fix issues that you might have not even realised yet.

Features & Functionality

The team at WordPress are constantly working hard to improve the overall platform. Since its release in 2003, WordPress has come a long way in terms of security and functionality. With each update, you might find new features or an existing feature that has been refined.

Theme and plugin developers also work in the same way to provide the best of their products. This helps keep your site running on the most stable and secure version of their product, but also allowing you access to new features.

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