WordPress Updates

WordPress is an open-source content management system which allows developers to create and sell themes and plugins. While WordPress is the digital face of your company, it’s supported by a global community of developers and it’s popularity is driven by the creativity of these developers.

Open-source content management systems allow for collaborative problem solving. When bugs are discovered in WordPress, they can be posted publicly for developers to collaborate on a resolution. This results in WordPress getting better and better over time. However posting bugs publicly gives hackers an opportunity to capitalize on the temporary vulnerabilities.

Keep your WordPress website and plugins updated to the latest version through continual updates.

An unmaintained website is a hackable website

Imagine if you were still using the first computer you ever bought. Now imagine if you never upgraded any of the software or installed any of the updates. In addition to running slow, your computer would be vulnerable to even the most novice of hackers because with each update your computer becomes more secure. The same thing goes for your WordPress website! WordPress is the the digital face of your company but it’s also a software and your initial investment is only secure until the next update.

How often is WordPress updated?

The WordPress platform is updated about once every four months. If your website is three years old and you have not updated it then you’re behind by 9-10 major versions!

In addition to the WordPress platform updates, WordPress themes (the look and feel of your website) can be updated at any time. Because WordPress is open-source content and allows for developers to collaborate and create their own themes, it can be hard to determine exactly when a theme update may occur. With WP Critical Care™, we’ll track your theme version and update it every time an update is released.

As if tracking platform updates separately from theme updates wasn’t difficult enough, it’s important to remember that plugins also have updates which need to be monitored. WordPress plugins give your site a bulk of the functionality that makes WordPress so popular - everything from newsletter signups to blogs to eCommerce are all plugins. There are over 50,000 plugins and like themes, the updates are not released on a predefined schedule making it difficult to track which plugins need to be updated and when.

Quality Assurance

If anyone ever says they can make your software or website hack-proof - run!

There is no such thing as a hack-proof system, but just like locking your door and buckling your seatbelt you can patch your WordPress website to keep it safe. Updating the platform, themes, and plugins on a regular basis will greatly reduce potential vulnerabilities exposed to the Internet and hackers. Patching your WordPress site makes it harder for hackers to take advantage of you. By proactively patching your WordPress site, you encourage hackers to skip you and move onto the website with plenty of unpatched vulnerabilities.

About 75% of WordPress websites run old versions of WordPress! Outdated WordPress sites, themes, and plugins invite trouble and can be detrimental to your website.

Array Digital updates your website at least once a week to ensure your WordPress site is operating optimally and securely. Investing in WordPress Support protects your investment and increases the longevity of your website.

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