Keeping WordPress up to date, and why it’s so important

The creators of the popular WordPress CMS are consistently rolling out new updates.  Changes can be anything from full interface overhauls, to simple, often unnoticed, functional tweaks.  These updates are important for the long term health and stability of your website.

Can I update WordPress on my own?

Absolutely, the process is straightforward and only requires a few button clicks.  For many sites, this works well, but in some cases, an update can do a lot of damage to your site.  This happens for usually one of the following reasons:

  • A third party plugin has outdated or faulty code that does not mesh well with the WordPress core changes.
  • The active theme uses deprecated functions that are no longer supported.
  • The current WordPress version is more than two major releases behind the new version.
  • Core files have previously been modified.
  • Server configuration does not allow proper file permissions for your WordPress installation.

Things to consider when upgrading WordPress

When a new version comes out, you really should upgrade.  The new release comes with security patches that will help keep your site safe from hackers.  It also comes packed with feature enhancements that will make your life easier as the site administrator.  Before you upgrade, however, there are a few things you should think about first:

  1. When was the last time you updated the core of WordPress?
  2. Do you have a recent backup of the site?
  3. Do you have the technical knowledge to troubleshoot any potential errors?
  4. Are there any plugins that should be upgraded as well?

If any of these questions raise a red flag in your mind, it’s best to ask a professional for help.  Old City Press has built over 250 WordPress websites in the past 4 years.  We can diagnose the current health of your site, and create an execution plan for getting it up to date. Fill out the form below to get started.

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