Why You Must Update Your WordPress Plugins

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A complex and popular content management system, WordPress is a popular choice for experienced and amateur web designers alike and for good reason. It is the foremost CMS available, yet staying up to date with its many and frequent progressions can be hard; but here’s why you should still endeavour to do so.

WordPress powers an astonishing 38.1% of all websites, but like anything in the world of technology it is by no means perfect. In this fast-paced industry, the need for consistent development is key and this also means that for those using a service like WordPress, keeping up to date with the latest progressions is pivotal to ensure the smooth running of a site.

WordPress is constantly being progressed. In a bid to keep the site cutting edge and improve its running, security and iron out some of the bugs that inevitably worm their way into the mass of code that constitutes WordPress, developers continually provide updates.

As mentioned in last week’s blog, it’s important for user-experience purposes to keep up with the latest trends. By being aware of what plugins are available to your site, you can improve your service, appear in the know and avoid high bounce rates by maintaining your site’s relevance through the addition of plugins.

From backing up your entire site and making payment easier to linking your site with social media channels and enabling a spam filter, staying up to date with new features pays dividends. But not only is staying current beneficial to the running of your site, it’s also crucial to the safety of it and your business as a whole.

Due to its popularity, WordPress is a prime target for hackers. Essentially, if hackers manage to find a ‘backdoor’ into WordPress they’ll have access to a higher proportion of sites than they would hacking other, more minor CMS’; therefore making it a lucrative target.

This means that even if you feel you’re site is perfect the way it is without new and trendy plugins, there’s still a need to update it to help protect it. A good example comes as recently as November 2014, when hackers were able to compromise a host of WordPress accounts. The threat could have been avoided, if such accounts had simply upgraded WordPress to Version 4 in September; demonstrating the need to consistently update your site.

Granted, it can be a pain to do so. But it’s worth bearing in mind that a modern-day hacker can generate a billion password guesses a minute. In light of this, if you don’t have the time to update the site yourself consider using WordPress’ automatic updates or get someone to manage it for you.

If hackers gain access to the sensitive information stored within the confines of your site, it could be more detrimental than just a loss of access. So keep up to date with the latest plugins and keep that website looking fresh and protected.

The easiest way to keep on top of developments is to follow the WordPress blog. Here, each plugin that is created is explained. So it’s always worth checking before installing anything onto your site.