Top 5 Reasons to Keep Your

Theme, Plugins & WordPress Updated

WHY UPDATING WORDPRESS, YOUR THEME, & PLUGINS IS SO IMPORTANT!

One of the beauties of WordPress, it’s themes and plugins, is that is constantly adapting and bettering itself. Every new release offers updates, new features, and improved security measures for each of these items. With that said, do not just simply click the update button for your theme, plugins, or WordPress itself; It could lead to a major headache and even take down your website!

Having the latest version of WordPress, Plugins, and Theme is crucial to keep your site functioning at it’s optimal level of speed, security, and user experience, but there are pros and cons when updating WordPress, your theme, and plugins which will be covered below.

1. Keep It Secure

Online Security is vital for online health and is one, if not the main, reason for updates rolling out. WordPress is quite popular, but popularity brings attention. This attention promotes hack attempts, infectious code, data pirates, and more for WordPress websites.

Online Security is vital for online health and is one, if not the main, reason for updates rolling out. WordPress is quite popular, but popularity brings attention. This attention promotes hack attempts, infectious code, data pirates, and more for WordPress websites.

Being open source, WordPress allows anyone to become a guru, learn code, and improve upon the existing platform. On the other end of the spectrum, open source allows the online pirates to learn the same code and expose weak it’s points.

Fortunately, “good” is on your side.

The term “hacker” has a negative connotation, but in reality there are more “good” hackers than “bad” hackers. These “good” hackers are essentially online security elites who filter through code and close any hole or bugs. WordPress itself, has a team dedicated to handling security vulnerabilities, hence the persistent updates.

So, if your website is on an outdated WordPress that means you’re using a version with acknowledged security weaknesses. This applies to your theme and plugins too! Hackers are able to search the web for websites on old versions of WordPress, plugins, and themes to have a field day on.. So be weary of your online security and lock up your site!

2. Keep It Fast!

A big thing that affects bounce rate and user experience is speed. We’ve all been there, hoping to get to the thing you’re looking for and the page take forever to load. So you simply hit “back” and on to the next best result.

WordPress is on the forefront of website speed. With the majority of the marketshare, WordPress continually adds improvements for speed, exterior plugins, and other resources the could use a little pep in their step. Having the latest version not only promotes security, it promotes quick load times. So are you running on the latest version of WordPress?

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3. Keep It Compatible!

A website can be a fickle thing.. All of the sudden you hit update on one little thing that previously work and Bam! Your website does not resolve and is merely a white page.. What the heck happened?

WordPress, theme developers, and plugin developers are all different, with different areas of expertise. Having compatible elements that “talk” to one another is key for speed, experience, and features, but having these elements on their latest version may cause some issues.

The separate WordPress developers don’t often work together so an initial update that seems to be a simple click, may cause a nightmare.. This is why regular website backups are highly recommended.

4. Keep It Current!

With every release of WordPress results new functionality and features to the amazing CMS platform. Whether to enhance the layout, improve image functionality, or enhance plugin speeds, these updates do serve a very important purpose.

Those on an outdated WordPress will see a different dashboard, slower response times, and heavily increase security risks.

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5. Keep It Bug-Free!

With any software, sometimes things that should work and speak to one another, simply don’t. These are called bugs. Bugs often sneak their way through the initial testing and sometimes release. To resolve these pesty issues WordPress often rolls out smaller version updates to for these bugs. These versions are often noted .1 ( ex. 4.7) and the first measure in trouble shooting a site is to ask yourself, is everything updated? If it is then consult professional help for further assistance.

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