Why You Should Maintain Your WordPress Website
WordPress releases an update an average of every 2 months – typically to fix bugs and a variety of security issues. Updates also add new features and functionality that can improve the overall design and performance of your site. The main components that need to be updated regularly are the WordPress core, themes, plugins, and other software that powers your site so that everything continues to run smoothly.
Plugins are independent pieces of software designed by various developers outside of WordPress. When WordPress releases updates to it’s core software, it’s the developer’s responsibility to keep their plugins up-to-date. This is why before even choosing to install a plugin, I research the plugin, read reviews and check the last updates performed. Once installed, it’s important to continue updating the plugin as developer’s make updates for compatibility with WordPress.
Although it is possible to perform the updates yourself, doing it properly is quite time consuming and risky. It’s important to have updates performed regularly by a professional developer (like me) who knows what they’re doing and can monitor and tackle any issues that may arise from the update. Software updates usually go smoothly, but occasionally they conflict with each other and can trigger malfunctions that can cause a poor experience for your visitors, or worse yet bring your site down entirely. (ahhh!)
Another reason why it’s important to have a someone like me perform consistent WordPress maintenance is to prevent possible security breaches. When updates are installed, there are changes to your files making your site vulnerable to hacker attacks. Any CMS (Content Management System) based website is vulnerable to hacker attacks. Keeping your WordPress website core, plugins and themes up-to-date will prevent your website from being vulnerable to malware infections and outside attacks.