Every time a new significant WordPress update comes out, Vibrant Web Creations, LLC gets several emails from our clients asking whether it’s safe to update their WordPress site. Are you wondering whether you should update your WordPress website to the latest version? In this article, we’ll explain why it is crucial that you always use the latest version of WordPress.
With each new release, WordPress fix bugs, add new features, improve performance, and enhance existing features to stay up to date with new industry standards.
So, in other words, when you do not have Vibrant Web Creations, LLC update your WordPress site, you are risking your website security and missing out on new features / improvements.
BEFORE WE BEGIN: The upgrade process will affect all files and folders included in the main WordPress installation. This includes all the core files used to run your WordPress website. If Vibrant Web Creations, LLC have made any modifications to those files, all changes will be lost.
You should always let us update WordPress to the latest version. When a new version of WordPress is available you will receive an update message in your WordPress Admin Screens.
Before getting started, it’s always a good idea to back up your website. This means if there are any issues, Vibrant Web Creations, LLC can restore your website. We always backup the database files separately – just in case Vibrant Web Creations, LLC needs to do a partial restore.
So why should you back update your WordPress site? Below are the reasons why it is highly advisable.
Security is arguably the most important reason why you should keep your WordPress website up to date.
WordPress currently powers 23% of all websites in the world. Due to its immense popularity, WordPress is a popular target for hackers, malicious code distributors & data thieves.
Every time a security vulnerability is reported, the core WordPress team works diligently to release an update that fixes the issue. It also acts a way for IT security experts to learn what not to do in the next update.
This means that if you are not using the latest version of WordPress, then you are using software with known security vulnerabilities. Hackers can search for websites running the older version, and you may become a victim of a sophisticated attack without even knowing it!
This doesn’t just apply to WordPress itself, your plugins can also be exploited by hackers. You need to make sure that all your WordPress plugins, themes, and the core are up to date.
Each major WordPress release could provide extreme changes to features and software:
Seeing the pattern here, friends?
The WordPress core developers are always striving to make things faster. Each new release comes with several performance improvements that makes WordPress run faster and more efficient.
Since speed is a huge factor in SEO or search engine optimization, you should definitely let Vibrant Web Creations keep WordPress updated to ensure maximum performance benefits. Your website is a customer’s first impression of you, and if they have a less than perfect experience, it could reflect negatively on you, your staff and your brand, and of course, you could lose money, and NOBODY wants that!
So, the lesson here is keep your site updated with the very latest version of WordPress, so that your customers can have the BEST possible experience when they visit your corner of the internet.
If you need assistance with your website, call Vibrant Web Creations, LLC for a consultation at (770) 304-6574 today!