You should always keep WordPress updated. WordPress is an ever-evolving open-source software, and WordPress receives lots of changes for the better. It’s essential that you keep WordPress updated to the latest version.
In addition to keeping the WordPress software updated, WordPress plugins should always be updated to the latest safe & compatible version. This needs a little research to ensure proven compatibility before WordPress plugin updates are made.
Here are the three most important reasons why this must be, and remain, a top priority for you as a WordPress site owner.
The number one way that hackers infiltrate a WordPress website is through outdated themes, plugins, and, of course, old versions of WordPress. Hackers are always trying to come up with new ways to break into websites so they can steal data or plant malicious code. If you stick with today’s version of WordPress, how safe do you think you’ll be a year from now? Not very.
The developers of WordPress work hard to stay out in front of the hackers — patching known holes, and doing everything they can to prevent future vulnerabilities. But the only way for your site to benefit from these efforts is to stay updated.
If you’re going to run a WordPress website. You have to stay up-to-date.
New features & bug fixes
New versions of WordPress aren’t just about preventing hackers from accessing your website. They are also about improving the platform, making it easier to use, releasing new features and functionality that provide your audience with a better experience. Keeping on top of WordPress updates means that you can take advantage of these new features.
Occasionally, new features roll out and they don’t work as intended. These are bugs. Once a WordPress bug is recognised, the WordPress team are very good at quickly creating a fix and rolling out to the world during its software updates. Keeping your WordPress software updated ensures that those bugs are ironed out quickly.
Performance and website speed
Better website performance leads to a better experience for your users, which leads to more conversions, repeat visitors, and better search rankings, all of which increases your opportunity to build your audience and, ultimately, build a business around it.
I’d say that’s a pretty compelling case for taking performance seriously.
An up to date and well-maintained WordPress platform is essential to the health of any WordPress website.
These three crucial needs are the reason we offer world-class dedicated WordPress hosting and include WordPress software updates and plugin research & maintenance in all of our hosting packages. Read more: