Ever seen this warning at the top of your WordPress dashboard? Don’t ignore it.
Just like any software that you have on your computer or phone, WordPress needs to be updated on a regular basis. Unlike most software, though, WordPress is an open source community. That means there are hundreds of people around the globe working to constantly improve it and fix old problems. Updated versions are released frequently.
Updating your WordPress site may seem cumbersome, but it’s very important.
Updating your plugins can be just as important as updating WordPress, and you should do so before you update WordPress. This can prevent your plugins from breaking, because developers do their best to adapt to the newest versions of WordPress.
Out-of-date plugins can be even more vulnerable to security attacks than outdated WordPress versions. To update your plugins, go to the plugins panel and click Update Available. You can do a bulk action to update the plugins or find the link under each individual plugin that says update now.
Whenever a new plugin or WordPress update is released, a bug fix report accompanies it. Hackers find out the vulnerabilities of old WordPress versions by looking at these reports. Then, they can target outdated sites by going to the sites and selecting View page source to see what version of WordPress they are running.
The easiest way to avoid being targeted by hackers is by updating often. It’s much easier to prevent damage than restore your site later.
MayeCreate can update WordPress for you to prevent your website from breaking. Call us at 573-447-1836, and we can schedule 15-30 minutes in an up-front contract to update your site. It only costs $25-50.
Check out this infographic from WPBeginner. Maybe some of those statistics will convince you.