Why it's essential to keep your WordPress website framework updated
Wordpress has become perhaps the most popular content management system in the world and powers around 25% of the entire internet. WordPress is versatile enough to meet any of your needs through it’s extensive add-on features and extensions, but it will require ongoing maintenance and updates.
Popular content management systems such as WordPress and the code used to provide this functionality occasionally has bugs in it, which could allow a hacker to take control of your website. So working on the same principle as updating the security on your computer the same would apply to your web software.
The network of WordPress developers are continually amending their code and releasing updates to limit the potential security issues. Therefore to reduce the chances of your website being compromised it’s important to keep it’s core framework and any add-ons up to date.
These updates will occasionally cause your website database to become corrupted, so it’s essential to back up your database prior to any updates, but this is not a job for a novice.
Backing up the database, updating the code and checking the site is functioning correctly is time consuming, particularly with the possibility of having to restore the website from the back up.
WordPress releases 3 major updates per annum, which we would recommend instigating to maintain optimum functionality of the website. As long as these updates are instigated, the future security updates are installed automatically.
If you’re already on a support fee with us we will automatically process the updates when we receive notifications.
We would recommend that new clients consider putting in place a support programme with us, we can estimate annual costs and invoice every 4 months if preferred.
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