Keeping WordPress updated and maintained is an annoying – yet vital – part of ensuring your site is fast and secure. Otherwise, hackers can exploit vulnerabilities that have since been fixed. It’s easy enough to click the Update button, but be very careful and verify your backups beforehand because updating WordPress or your plugins can easily mess up your whole site.
When should WordPress be updated?
Every time there is a new release! In addition to new features and bug fixes, the frequent WordPress updates are continuously responding to new security threats. Without these patches, it’s much easier for the bad guys to get into your site and cause real damage.
The open-source nature of WordPress also means that the bad guys can easily look at new patches to figure out vulnerabilities in sites that haven’t been updated. They, in essence, have a road map to hack into your site, which is why it’s absolutely critical to always keep your WordPress updated.
Plugin authors also frequently release updates. These updated versions of plugins often include new security patches and should be promptly updated on your site to make sure the bad guys stay out.
Can't I just click the update button?
Yes and no. The actual process of updating WordPress is very simple: just click the button. Updating, however, means that the code is changing on your website, in a highly complicated environment where many, many pieces have to operate perfectly together. It’s not uncommon for an update to “break” something on your site, even potentially taking it completely down.
Our fully managed maintenance service ensures that your site will continue to run smoothly after an update by first performing the update on a duplicate, offline version of your site. We thoroughly test everything to ensure that the site will continue to work properly. If not, we troubleshoot the issue to discover the specific cause of the error and possible solutions. Once everything is working correctly, we then push the updates and fixes to your live site.
We always generate a clean backup of your entire site before any updates. Our backup system lets us easily grab a snapshot of your site before making any changes, and a quick restore feature lets us roll back your site within seconds should there be a problem.
We'll keep your site Cranking!
Since keeping your site updated and maintained is an absolute must, we’ve included full website maintenance in every WP Crank plan. You can rest assured that your site will be highly available and always up to date with the latest features and security patches.