Recently one of my clients asked me if it was necessary to bother with each WordPress update that comes through. If your website is built with WordPress you will have noticed that updates can sometimes arrive quickly, one after the other. Is it important that your site is kept up to date?
In a word, yes, it is vital that your site is running the latest version of WordPress and any plugins that you have installed. Your site’s security depends on it.
Dre Armeda, co-founder of Sucuri, an Internet security software system said “One of the biggest contributors to malware attacks is running outdated software. In fact, it accounts for more than 70% of all the cases we see at Sucuri.”
As with any other software or online system, old versions of WordPress and plugins can have security flaws. How would you feel if your site was hacked or compromised? More importantly, how would your clients feel?
WordPress is a highly efficient system. Each new version brings improvements in security and functionality which make it safer as well as easier to work with. To get the best out of your site, all of your plugins must be updated every time a new version is released, too. They work hand in hand. An out-dated plugin can still introduce security weaknesses even if you are using the latest version of WordPress.
As an added security measure make sure that your hosting provider is running the most up to date systems, especially PHP and mySQL. These systems allow you and your clients to interact with your website. Each release brings improvements in security as well as to the way it supports your website processes.
I encourage you to back up your website regularly. Don’t rely on your web host to do this for you. A backup lets you create a copy of your site and your important data in case something goes wrong. If you have a copy of your site, you don’t have to worry if the server crashes or your web host disappears. You won’t lose the site or any of your content.
Most people remember to update their site content but many leave the “behind the scenes” updates to be done when they “can find the time.” Keeping your WordPress installation backed up and secure is vital and should not be overlooked.
We have a range of packages available to ensure your site is backed up and secure. If time is a problem for you, contact us for more information about what we can do to keep your site safe.