WordPress is a free and open-source content management system, and the developers occasionally release updates. The updates that they implement create newer versions of WordPress/plugins. The newer updates add features and fix bugs. If WordPress/plugins are not fixed, they can create security holes, and opens a portal for hackers to take over your site. Hackers take advantage of that vulnerability and steal your confidential information.
This is why it’s important for you to update your WordPress Site/Plugins.
Every time WordPress/Plugins releases an update, those bugs are mended and keeps your website safe.
What Are Bugs? And Why Does WordPress Have Them?
To tell you the hard truth, every single piece of software on the face of the planet has the potential for bugs. Whether it’s a virus, malware, or in this case a bug, it’s all one and the same. Bugs are an oversight in the software or system that managed to slip through the cracks. It doesn’t happen on purpose, but like every software and system, it does happen. Your phone every so often requires you to update it, and just like your computer and the programs on it. Usually, what happens when you don’t update your devices, weird errors start popping up and they stop working like they used to. Those are bugs that the system updates are intended to fix.
Now, we all want our WordPress sites to work smoothly and not be vulnerable to hackers. This is why it is essential to implement these updates.
You Shouldn’t ONLY Update to Keep Hackers Away?
The developers don’t only update WordPress to keep hackers away, but they also release cool features that you can take advantage of. New features are constantly being updated, and it helps to improve the performance of your overall website.
How To Update Your WordPress/Plugins?
You should update your WordPress/ Plugins whenever there is a new update. Make it a habit to check your website, at least once a month. In all honesty, it takes maybe 5 minutes depending on how many plugins you have installed on your site. It shouldn’t take longer than ten minutes. WordPress comes with a handy built-in update notification system. When you sign in to your backend, you will see the number of updates that need to be addressed.
- Sign in to your backend: Dashboard > Updates and it will provide you a list of plugins/themes/system that needs to be updated. This is also an easy process, one click and your site will be updated within seconds.
If you don’t access your WordPress backend that often, that’s okay because not everyone is always on their dashboard. Lucky for you, there are solutions.
Automatic Plugin Updates
- Dashboard > Plugins > Installed Plugins
- To the right of each plugin, there’s a link to ‘Enable auto–updates‘ next to each plugin. You need to click on the ‘Enable auto–updates‘ to turn on automatic updates for individual plugins.
Automatic Theme Updates
- Dashboard > Appearance > Themes
- Click on the theme and select ‘Enable auto-updates’
Automatic WordPress Updates
If you are hosted with Siteground, they have a feature that will automatically update your WordPress on your behalf.
- Sign in to Siteground
- Dashboard > Websites
- Find your website, and click on ‘Site Tools’
- Site Tools > WordPress > Autoupdate
- Under ‘Autoupdate Settings’ you should see: Major Release, Minor Release, and Update Plugins.
- To the right are your options to turn on the ‘Autoupdates’, select accordingly.