There are five main reasons for keeping every aspect of your WordPress site up to date, which are:
Each of these is important for different reasons, but it can be argued that security is the most important of all.
One of the reasons that WordPress is increasingly becoming the target of security attacks is because it’s so big. A CMS that powers up to a quarter of the internet will doubtless attract the attention of anyone wanting to insert malicious code, take sites down or steal data. But the very size of WordPress, and of its community of users and developers, is also an asset here.
Security vulnerabilities are spotted and dealt with quickly. This applies to WordPress core as well as to the biggest and most popular plugins. The fact that WordPress is open source means that anyone finding a problem can identify the cause of that problem and alert the right people straightaway.
None of this will benefit you unless you keep your version of WordPress and your plugins and themes up to date. If you don’t install the updates, you’re vulnerable to security problems, and you’re the only one to blame.
Updates aren’t just for security. Often they’ll improve the performance of WordPress itself, or of a plugin or theme.
Major releases tend to be very stable and bug-free thanks to the meticulous development cycle and the legions of people helping with testing, but sometimes a bug will slip through the net, and a minor release will come out to fix it.
Plugins and themes are the same: Make sure you install updates in case they fix bugs that could be affecting your site.
After a major WordPress release, a lot of plugins will get an update to ensure compatibility with the new version, or to make use of new features.
Occasionally you might find that an update to WordPress or to a plugin results in compatibility problems with another plugin, which is why it’s important to back up your site before updating.
Keeping your site up to date also gives you access to new features. For example, recent releases of WordPress have included big improvements to the UX of the admin screens as well as accessibility improvements.
Here at RamoDynamics we can keep your site up to date with the latest versions for the reasons stated above. It’s highly recommended within the industry to maintain up to date code, stable code at all times.
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