Why do you need to keep your website up to date? The simple answer…peace of mind!
WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world, and for good reason – It’s easy to customise, user-friendly, SEO-friendly and it’s free. However with the great, comes the not-so-great. Because of its popularity, WordPress has become a target for hackers, who realise that if they find a security vulnerability in WordPress or WordPress plugins they can use that to hack into a huge number of sites through the back doors that they create.
From there hackers can inject malicious code into your website that can cause a wide variety of problems. It could be to crash your website completely, create links to pornographic content and Viagra sites, or even to put politically-motivated messages on your site (such as the Free Gaza Strip hack that has been prevalent lately)
As these issues arise, WordPress and Plugin developers will work on patching the vulnerabilities and release new versions/ for users to update to and closing down those back doors. The problem is that you need to keep your website and plugins updated to get the benefit of these security fixes.
This is the most important reason for keeping your WordPress website up to date.
As they continue to improve WordPress, changes to the WordPress code can cause bugs in the way WordPress works (often fairly minor bugs). Any time new features or functionality are added to a piece of software, the likelihood of bugs existing increase, simply because more code has been added.
This requires developers to be constantly working to fix issues that come up, priority being given to the most serious of problems. Every new release of a piece of software will include fixes to bugs that have been found since the last release.
Another good reason to update WordPress.
WordPress developers are also constantly looking at ways to improve the performance and speed of WordPress. Everybody knows a faster website is better for your users, and Google happens to like it too!
New Features and Additional Functionality
WordPress are also looking at way to improve their CMS, by adding new features and improving existing features. This is the least important reason for updates, but still a good reason. For those that like to have the latest and greatest it’s worth looking at.
A website backup is a separate copy of your website. There are five reasons why you should back up your website:
- It’s not your web host’s responsibility to make back ups available to you.
- Storing the original development site isn’t enough – over time, websites are tweaked and changed and those changes often won’t be reflected in the original version.
- You need to be ready to react quickly – Having an up to date back up in place will allow you to get back online quickly after a mishap.
- Peace of mind.
- It’s your best protection against viruses – allowing you to turn back the clock after an attack. While this doesn’t prevent attacks, it does cure them when needed.