Next week we will be getting a new WordPress update, version 4.3. If you are using WordPress.com, you will have nothing to worry about. Everything will be taken care for you. For us self-hosted users we need to take care of this ourselves, unless your hosting company does it for you automatically.
As users of WordPress, it’s very important to pay attention to the updates. When they come out with a major release (i.e. version 3.0, 4.0, etc.), those absolutely need to be done. When it comes to those types of updates you can assume there will be some changes to the look and feel of the dashboard and how everything works together. Currently you need to be on at least 4.0. Over the years the changes have been for the better, making WP more and more user friendly.
In between the major releases there are mini updates (i.e. version 4.1, .4.2.2, etc.). From my experience not all of these updates needs to be done. I always read up on the update and look for keywords such as security or bugs. When I see this, its signal to me that something important was fix to either avoid errors from happening or to prevent hacking.
You never want to be too far behind with your updates, not only with the WordPress software but with the plugins and themes as well. Good web developers are always in the known and using the beta versions to see how well their product(s) will work with the upcoming changes. So you will always notice after a major WordPress update, you will shortly be notified to update your theme/framework and/or plugin that you have installed.
I know we are busy running our empires but it you have the time and want to be proactive, you can (or delegate to your Virtual Assistant) set up a test site on your hosting account and test out the beta version. You can have this as a subdomain or just install WP in a new folder. This way you know which one of your plugins will “break your site” or if you theme isn’t compatible. It’s always great to be proactive and not reactive.
As you may know I am a technical Virtual Assistant who specialize in using WordPress. So if you have any questions, I can answer them for you. If you are on version 3.0 or earlier you need to run, not walk to my inbox because we need to you get up to speed. The last thing we need is for your business site or blog to be down.
With it being the start of the Back to School/Back to Business season I am offering two new services you may want to Beta Test. The first is Office Hours with Ms. Deal, a clarity session combine with a website audit and/or Virtual Assistant Hours. These calls are designing to get you unstuck and develop a plan of action to help you reach your goals. The second is Rehab My WP Site a six-hour service package where I will knock out as much of your to-do-list in the timeframe.
So my question to you, is you website working for you? If not, I will love to hear from you. Comment below.