The Importance of having an updated WordPress, plugins and theme
WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system. It dominates other markets, like eCommerce, so it’s definitely not just for blogging. According to W3Techs, WordPress powers 34% of all the websites on the Internet, including those without a content management system (CMS) or with a custom-coded CMS. Or to put it another way, WordPress powers over one-third of the web!
Of course, such popularity has not gone unnoticed.
The dangers of not updating WordPress websites
Cybercriminals targets Wordpress websites for attack since there are millions of them. That is why it’s VERY important that WordPress site owners keep their platform, themes and installed plugins up-to-date.
Update WordPress to help maintain security
WordPress websites that are not up-to-date, run the risk of being compromised and used for spam, phishing schemes or malware distribution.
Updates are constantly being released for WordPress, adding new features and addressing security vulnerabilities as they are discovered. Upgrading to the latest version of WordPress will reduce the chances of your website being compromised.
Don’t forget your plugins & themes!
Likewise, plugin developers rollout updates for their plugins to build on functionality and fix vulnerabilities that are found. Running an outdated plugins can put your WordPress website at risk.
Some WordPress themes are also updated on a regular basis, although not typically as often as plugins are. Theme-based vulnerabilities aren’t as common, but they still exist.
Other security measures
There are other things you can do to increase the security of your WordPress website, like setting up a website firewall , configuring htaccess to restrict access to certain folders & files, changing the DB prefix, and more.
But you will still have to keep your actual WP installation, themes and plugins updated.
Having difficulty keeping your WordPress or plugins up-to-date?
Updating WordPress is easy, although plugins can sometimes be tricky. There is the possible chance of experiencing compatibility issues between plugins and/or themes. If you have trouble updating your website, we offer WordPress website management service to help keep your WordPress website safe and secure.
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