According to WordPress.org, WordPress is a web software that you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. The keyword in that sentence is “software” and just like other software we used in lives on a daily basis, there comes a time when they must be updated.
Picture this, your WP powered site/blog is running perfectly. Then one day you login to see a notification at the top about the new WordPress version that just release but you ignore it. Another update comes out and you ignore that as well.
There are two possible outcomes and I see this happen too often:
(A) You see that a plug-in you use needs to be update and you figure do that update instead but it break your site. You get a white screen when you go to your page and can’t even get to the login page. Or (B) Hackers take down your site.
Now with either outcome, there’s a possibility you may loose everything because you fail to keep your WordPress software updated. I also seen where people do keep their WP update but fail to backup before doing a major upgrade and something goes wrong. I can’t stress enough that you need to may sure that you are not only updating your WP software but doing regular backs up as well. When I talk about doing regular backups, I referring to everything – pages, posts, images, plugins, theme files, and most importantly your database. Also please don’t solely rely on the WP-DBManager Plugin and your hosting provider, although they should be backing their entire server on a regular basis.
A little while ago this very blog was attacked by malware and I totally freak out because I am usually on top of everything and didn’t see how this could have happen. I was using the latest WP but recently updated a few plugins. Could that have been the culprit? I still haven’t figure out how someone was able to inset some nasty code into my blog, giving any who came to my blog the red screen of death. What I do know that I was able to clean up the mess in one weekend because I had a clean back up of the entire blog. Once it was re-uploaded, I was able to ask Google to review my blog and all I had to do is sit back and wait for the green light. What could have be a totally disaster was avoided.
So here are two reasons why you should update your WordPress today:
1) Hackers need sleep. They are out there and always look to find a way to make our online lives horrible. Why make it easy, make them work for it.
2) Technology is always changing. With the major WordPress updates come not only security fixes but also new features that may help you run your site more smoothly.
I hate to see read about those who loose everything because either they got hacked or plugin crash their site. Also here’s a very important note: If you have been on WordPress for a while and are still running WP 2 or earlier, you cannot just jump to WP 3.3.1. WordPress have certain steps that you must go through to make sure you don’t have any problems.
If you are in need of technical help with your WordPress powered site/blog, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am now offering three different Virtual WordPress Assistant packages. Whether you hire me or choose to do it on your own, please remember to BACK UP before your do anything.