You’re used to installing software updates on your phone and computer. When you don’t install them, you’ve discovered that those devices may become glitchy, or even get infected with malware. Did you know that your WordPress website also needs software updates?
Updates help to maintain security, fix bugs, add features, and improve your site’s functionality.
Many WordPress sites are highly vulnerable to hackers because they’re running outdated software.
Sucuri has reported that 61% of hacked WordPress sites are running outdated software.
We’re often asked, “Can’t you just install updates once a year, or once a quarter?” The answer is an emphatic, “No!” Why?
To keep a typical WordPress site protected and running smoothly, software updates should be installed at least weekly. We update your site’s Core, plugins, and themes regularly.
A Wordfence survey found that “plugin vulnerabilities represented 55.9% of the known entry points reported by respondents.” It also noted,
Reputable plugin authors fix vulnerabilities very quickly when discovered. By keeping them up to date you ensure that you benefit from fixes before attackers can exploit them.
Updates patch vulnerabilities and strengthen your site against attacks. When a security vulnerability is found, time is of the essence! We install security-related updates as soon as possible.
Sometimes website owners think, “I have managed WordPress hosting. My host take care of my updates.” Managed hosts, like Flywheel and WP Engine, will handle WordPress Core updates. However, they won’t update plugins and themes. Even if you use managed hosting (which we recommend), you still have to handle updating plugins and themes. Unfortunately, this requires more effort than just keeping WordPress Core updated.
It’s easy to click the Update button inside WordPress. What’s not easy is monitoring for bugs within updates, or fixing your site when it breaks.
A CodeGuard survey found that 69% of respondents have had a plugin fail after an update, and 24% have had it happen “many times.”
We specialize in WordPress maintenance. We have a proven process for updating, and addressing the issues that arise when updates go awry. Save yourself from a series of headaches by letting us worry about installing your WordPress updates as part of your WordPress Maintenance Plan.
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