Keeping your WordPress website up to date

Why you should keep your WordPress platform, plugins & themes updated regularly

Is your site running on the latest version of WordPress? Is it safe to update your WordPress site?

Let’s put it this way. If you don’t update your site to the latest version of WordPress, two things will happen eventually. Firstly, your site will break, and secondly, it could get hacked.

1. Your site will break

One of the best things about WordPress is that it doesn’t cost a cent. It is built by a community of developers for free – it’s what we call ‘open source software’. They’re constantly looking at ways to add new features, improve existing features, get rid of glitches and stay ahead in the field of web development.

If you don’t update your site, you miss out on all these regular improvements and enhancements. Over time, certain features of your site will stop working and visitors to your site will simply click away if contact forms don’t work, if maps don’t display properly, if image links are broken.

2. It could get hacked

One of the bad things about WordPress is that its source code is available to all and that means hackers or malicious agents too. It is a hugely popular and widely-used platform, making it a target for data theft or hacking attempts.

However, when security flaws or vulnerabilities are discovered, WordPress developers release fixes and updates. This means that, if you are running an outdated version of the platform, your site is more vulnerable to being breached.

And staying updated isn’t only for your WordPress core, but also applies to your plugins and themes.

The benefits to keeping things running on the latest version is that your site will work well, chances are also it will improve site speed. The other benefit is the access to new features, which can improve the look, feel and performance of your site.

Want to know how to keep your site updated and safe? It’s not just a matter of hitting the ‘update’ button on your WordPress dashboard, there are one or two things to take care of first. I share the detailed how-to via my email list. Sign up here for the in-depth tips, tools and instructions: