Why is it so Important to Update a WordPress Website?

We are used to having to update our computers, mobile phones, the apps that we use, and more. If you have a WordPress website, you may ask why it’s so important to update a WordPress website?

As WordPress is tested and updated regularly, the WordPress updates can, reduce issues, provide new functionality and improve the user experience. The same is true of WordPress plugins which are updated as often as WordPress itself, if not more!

Updates can become annoying and can also break your website when they are applied. Sometimes as soon as you have applied one,  you receive notifications of other important updates you must apply.

What Makes WordPress Updates So Important?

After neglecting your phone, computer, or any technology updates for some time, the software becomes slow. You start to experience bugs and, your security is at risk. It is the same for a WordPress website.

The updates ensure your WordPress website is performing at its best. After each update is released, developers are working on better security, solving problems, and introducing new features.

WordPress releases will give you new options to customise your website. Updates will fix problems and bugs that other recent updates may have introduced and provide you with extra security and protection from hackers.

The safety of your information, your customer information, and your files are paramount. On a WordPress site, security updates are the most important. Hacker attacks across the internet are on the increase so it is important to ensure all your details, passwords, and information are protected. WordPress Security updates help to prevent hackers or malware from taking control of your WordPress website.

Security updates provide better ways to stop hackers from finding your website and creating problems for your visitors. The longer you leave updates, the more security weaknesses your WordPress website will have.

WordPress Updates are beneficial to your website performance which is important for your visitor’s experience. Bugs or glitches are often found by developers in the software or the plug-ins you use with your WordPress website. Updates can remove these issues.

These performance updates ensure your visitor is not held back whilst browsing your website which could prevent them from leaving your site early, which otherwise could impact your SEO strategy.

It is important to ensure you have a backup before applying any updates. It can often be the case that a WordPress update has a conflict with a plug-in or visa versa. Once you have applied an update it wise to check your website well, especially the areas mentioned in the update release notes.

If you find a problem you can roll back to before the update to get your website working again. At this stage, it’s advisable to get a professional to work on the update for you.

You may want to consider one of our website care plans to ensure your WordPress is kept up to date.

This avoids your WordPress website from becoming out of date and insecure.
Offering peace of mind but also avoiding unexpected costs when your website becomes broken from either note updating regularly or breaking the website by not applying the update correctly.