Every now and then, a new WordPress update comes out. This undoubtedly is then followed by several clients asking us whether it is safe to update their website. Are you in any doubt what to do when the update button flashes up on your dashboard? Want to know the advantages and disadvantages of wordpress website security? Below, we will explain why it is very important that you always use the latest version of WordPress and we will show you how to properly perform the update.
“WordPress powers nearly one-third of the world’s websites, from small personal blogs to the complex sites of major corporations such as Sony.”
WordPress is opensource, free of charge and it is developed by a community. With each new release, the developers will fix bugs, launch new features, greatly boost performance and increase existing features to ensure the platform stays up to date with current industry standards.
So put bluntly, when you do not perform the latest update on your WordPress website, you are placing the security of your website at risk and also missing out on new improvements that have come with the release.
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The Number 1 Reason for Updating WordPress…
Website security is definitely the most important reason why you should keep your website updated.
WordPress currently powers around 25% of all websites in the world. Due to it’s huge popularity, WordPress is a popular target for hackers, data theft and hackers in the making.
WordPress is free and readily available, which means anyone can study the source code to learn and improve it. However it also means that hackers can look at it too and find ways to break into websites, including yours.
However, there are actually a lot more good hackers than bad, which means that security experts around the world can study the code and properly report security bugs and fixes. Every time a security issue is found, the core WordPress team can move quickly to update the base platform files and fix the issue.
In summary, this clearly means that if you are not using the latest version of WordPress, you are using software with known security vulnerabilities. Hackers can spot this and you may become a victim of a cyber attack.
Other Reasons for Updating WordPress…
Whilst security is the number 1 reason for updating WordPress websites, there are others.
Each core WordPress update comes with…
- Great new WordPress features
- A faster WordPress experience
- A bug free WordPress website
- Better compatibility for future developments and existing devices