5 Reasons why you should keep WordPress up to date

WordPress is an open source, globally loved, website creation tool, used by millions across the world. It’s popular for good reason…it’s great! But unfortunately its popularity makes it a prime target for hackers.

The bad news is, hackers attempt to infiltrate websites by worming their way in through outdated themes, plugins and old versions of WordPress. The good news is, WordPress are all over this and are constantly releasing updates to zap any bugs in the system while at the same time benefiting its users with lots of new features.

You’ll likely see WordPress updates being released all the time, but you might be inclined to brush these notifications under the carpet. Your website works absolutely fine and if it ain’t broke why fix it, right? Hmmm…

Read our 5 reasons why you should keep on top of WordPress updates and we think you’ll soon realise the importance of this task.

Reason no. 1 | Security

The number 1 reason why you should keep on top of all WordPress updates is to guarantee the security of your website.

Hackers are always trying to find new ways to infiltrate a website. They will actively look to worm their way into a site through outdated plugins, themes and old versions of WordPress.

Thankfully WordPress have our backs and are continually releasing new versions which typically come with bug fixes and vulnerability reports.

The flip side of this, is hackers will use these reports to attack websites which have not been updated yet…basically websites which are vulnerable.

Whether you choose to update your WordPress site, themes and plugins yourself, or choose a web agency to do this on your behalf (pssst… take a look at our WordPress maintenance package!) , you MUST do it.

Reason no. 2 | New features and bug fixes

WordPress updates are not all about keeping the bad guys at bay. New versions of WordPress often come with new features and enhancements to improve the experience for both you as a user of WordPress and also your audience who’ll have a better experience when visiting your website.

If you stay on an old version, you’ll miss out on all those new features that will benefit you and your website.

Reason no. 3 | Speed and performance

WordPress updates (and theme updates too for that matter), will often include improvements to speed and performance. Its another no brainer reason to keep on top of those updates. Better site performance will lead to a better experience for your audience, which can lead to more conversions, return visitors, better search rankings and more. All good things in our eyes!

Reason no. 4 | Hackers love all sites

OK, we hold our hands up, we’ve already ticked off security as the number 1 reason to update WordPress, but it’s so important we thought we’d mention it again. You may be thinking, my site isn’t that big, hackers won’t bother me. If only this was the truth. Your site is at risk no matter if you get 1 or 1 million visits a day. WordPress bugs and vulnerabilities affect all sites, not just the big ones.

Take heed, your site will thank you for it.

Reason no.5 | Prevention is cheaper than the cure  

Ignoring WordPress updates is easy to do. You might be thinking, “it’ll never happen to me”, but as we highlighted in reason 4, it can happen to anyone. You might value the time you’ll save by not making those updates but if the worst was to ever happen, you’d need a whole lot of time and money to rectify the nightmare of a hacked site.

The time and money you’ll invest in maintaining your WordPress site is minimal to the amount you’d need to rebuild a hacked website.

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How to make WordPress updates

We think you’ll agree, that’s 5 very good reasons to keep on top of your WordPress updates. As specialists in all things WordPress, we offer this service to our clients as we know it’s super important and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Fancy making those updates yourself? Take a look at our step-by-step guide to making WordPress updates.

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