Regular WordPress updates keep your website secure

We have regularly talked about how flexible and versatile the WordPress platform is for your website. It has quickly grown to become one of the most popular and widely used CMS around the world for businesses and bloggers alike. But in order to keep the website efficient and secure, WordPress updates are essential.

Here’s a few reasons why you need to keep current with WordPress updates.

Bug fixes and security

WordPress is a free open source platform. This allows developers to extend its’ functionality by creating plugins and themes that integrate with the software. As the source code is readily available to the general public, it doesn’t take long for hackers to find and exploit security vulnerabilities.

To counter this, the WordPress development team regularly provide security and bug fix updates. Sometimes these updates are rich with features and new functionality, mostly they fix bugs and security vulnerabilities. So neglecting to update WordPress means not only are you taking a risk on being hacked, you may also be missing out on new features and improvements.

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Keeping up to speed

New theme updates can often come with the ability to improve the speed of your website. Speed is an important factor in SEO and improvements in page loading times can play a huge role in reducing bounce rates and keeping your visitors engaged. Paying attention to WordPress updates will ensure you’re receiving maximum performance benefits.

So… is there a downside?

One of the downsides is remembering to update your website regularly. You may be busy running your business, so WordPress updates are easy to forget. Also, there could be a skillset issue, with the best intentions a lot of customers don’t want to do it or don’t know how to update their website. Running a WordPress website involves having a variety of plugins and themes running. Each of these components will have been built to be compatible with the latest version of WordPress at their time of release. If they are not also updated on a regular basis, they may no longer be compatible with the latest version of WordPress. This could break your website!

At the Sofa Web and Design, we run website maintenance packages that specifically do all the hard work for you. We update the themes and plugins to ensure your website enjoys the benefits that these updates bring, and to keep your website secure and safe. If you have a WordPress website that can benefit from a dedicated monthly maintenance package then just get in touch for more details.

To recap on the benefits

Keeping your WordPress website updated regularly ensures that;

[1] Your website is secure from the threat of hackers and malware

[2] Your data remains intact

[3] Your website remains functional and you don’t experience downtime

[4] Your website is faster and free of bugs

If you want to find out more about our security maintenance packages just give us a ring 01302 315030 or drop us an email if you have any questions.