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Why you should keep your WordPress website up to date

Posted by Kevin Fouche on Dec 9, 2015
Kevin Fouche

WordPress is a fantastic site to help you develop a blog or website. With very little effort, you can quickly get a site up and running that looks fantastic and shows off your brand to the world.

However, after you get it going, there are some things you will need to do to make sure it continues to function for you in the long run.

Why you should keep your WordPress website up to date

The first thing you need to do is to keep everything up to date!

There are many reasons why you should keep your WordPress website up to date and we will look at a few of them below. When you are building your site, be sure to keep them in mind.

Why is it Important to keep your WordPress website up to date?

Over time, the companies that produce WordPress will release updates for a variety of reasons. These updates could be developed for your WordPress theme, the WordPress program itself or for any of your plugins and you should update all of these on a regular basis.

Sometimes the reasons are not exactly visible, nor do they seem to make a difference to the actual functionality of your site. However, they are still important.

One main reason that updates become available is to correct security issues. If you avoid updating this portion of your site, you may find that your personal information, or that of those who visit or do business with your site, is in jeopardy.

Second, there could be bugs that need to be corrected. This is something you will likely see as a major benefit to your website. It is also possible that new features will be released with the update. The best way to determine if you need the update is to read more about it. However, for the most part, completing all suggested updates is always the best way to ensure your website is running at maximum capacity.

Risks of not Updating

One of the main risks that you face by not keeping your WordPress site up to date revolves around security. In today's world, it is more important than ever to keep up the security of any website. Otherwise, you are at risk of some very serious and costly security breaches. This is one reason that developers continue to roll out updates.

Another factor that comes into play when you avoid updating your WordPress site is your ranking among the search engines. Search engines tend to reward websites that keep their systems up to date. If you avoid updates, you may find your ratings slipping greatly.

Also, the overall functionality of your site may be effected when you avoid updating your site. For example, you may notice that your site runs slower than normal. Glitches are also common when you don't update the items on your WordPress site.

Tips for Updating

Along with updating the site itself, you should also make sure you are consistently updating all the plugins you use to run your site. Your theme can also be updated, so make sure you are watching for updates for this item as well. You can see available updates from your top menu bar within the WordPress program itself.

When you are doing an update, make sure you perform a backup first. This will help protect your website if something happens to go wrong. There is also a certain order you should complete your update. For starters, update your theme and your plugins before moving on to the site itself.

Keep in mind that it is possible for an update to cause issues with the functionality of your site. Sometimes, certain plugins or themes may not work well after an update has been conducted. If you are looking to avoid these types of issues, make sure you choose plugins and themes that are supported by WordPress.

It is always best to complete an update every month. This will help you to create a routine that will allow you to avoid missing out on any of the important updates that WordPress or the developers of their plugins release.

Updating your WordPress website is sometimes complicated and requires a bit of expertise to make sure it is completed correctly. One of the best things about Pixel is that we update all sites nightly and monthly to make sure our customers sites are always up and running smoothly.

To ensure that this is the case with your website, be sure to contact us today.

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