WordPress is a platform that is constantly transforming. Knowing how to and when to update a WordPress site can be a daunting task for anyone that is not tech-savvy. Compatibility issues with plugins may arise, as well as dozens of other scenarios. Users can at any time experience downtime, lost data or have their site completely break.

At ibay we rely on our skilled developers to ensure that they maximize the use of the new features of WordPress to minimize security threats from entering the software and improve overall performance. Updating WordPress does require time and expertise. We don’t recommend that any of our clients attempt updating their sites on their own. But it is important to keep the site up to date and here is why.

Security

Security is the main reason why we update all our clients’ WordPress sites. Lets face it, in the modern world hacking is a real thing. Hacking algorithms will tamper with your site by inserting malicious software. They can enter your site with ease if the latest version of WordPress has not been installed. We keep a close eye on this, so that we can increase protection wherever possible. Running your website on the latest version of WordPress is the best way to reduce the risk of being hacked.

New Features

Each new version of WordPress comes with great new updates. Sometimes they will roll out an improved plugin installation or faster plugin updates. The possibility of something going wrong with added features and functionality, due to an increase in code, is quite likely. To get the best out of these new features, you have to know what you’re doing.

Speed

WordPress developers will always look to improve speed and overall performance for the user. For instance, with the WordPress 4.2 update they improved the javascript performance for navigation menus to speed things up. Speed is a huge factor for SEO, so keeping your WordPress updated ensures maximum performance benefits.

Back It Up

Sometimes updating WordPress means certain elements of code will change for the worse or disappear altogether. It is important to backup your website before rolling out a new update. We prefer to upload our sites onto test servers to actually test the new update. This determines what the sites compatibility will be like. When we are satisfied with the changes, we will then go ahead with moving the updated website to the live server.

Time

We understand that you have a business to run, and the last thing you need to worry about is site maintenance. We encourage our clients to rather focus on submitting new content to keep their audiences engaged, and we will take care of the behind-the-scenes hosting and maintenance. This will save you time (and stress) in the long run.

 

Our team takes every precaution to ensure your WordPress site is relevant, user-friendly and up to date. Our web developers will be happy to assist you with any further queries.