Keeping your WordPress Site up to date

Written by Billy

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We use WordPress for our own website and many of our clients, it is easy to update and administrate and has a lot of fantastic plugins and themes available for it.

Mainly because of its popularity, if a security vulnerability is found, it spreads very quickly and websites that aren’t up to date are very vulnerable to being hacked into, used to spread malicious software or defaced. As well as causing embarrassment and possibly infecting potential customers PCs with viruses, this can cause your website to be flagged as a security risk by Google, potentially effecting your positioning on Google and causing an embarrassing warning message to be displayed when visitors click on your link from Google.

It is therefore highly important to keep your WordPress site up to date!

Updating is very simple, but it can cause compatibility problems, so we would recommend only proceeding with these steps if you are confident in WordPress and able to resolve any issues that may be caused. We would also recommend only updating your WordPress site during off peak hours.

You should only do this if you know what you are doing or have someone who can help if there are problems. You should always ensure you have an up to date backup of your site before you start. If you aren’t comfortable doing it, you can just check if your site is up to date and then get a professional to update it for you. We can help with this.

At TwoPointZero, we keep our hosting clients websites backed up and updated for them for free!

To check that your site is up to date:

Log into your WordPress dashboard

If your WordPress installation needs an update, you will see a notification like the one below.

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If you know what you are doing, you can simply click Please Update Now and then Update Now on the next screen (take a backup first!). Otherwise, you can speak to an expert and ask them to update your site for you.

Updating your Plugins:

If your site uses Plugins, these may also need updating, to check, go back to the Dashboard and then click on Updates.

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Under the Plugins heading it will list any plugins that need updating, you can simply click on Select All and then Update Plugins. Again be aware that if there are compatibility problems, you will either need to revert to your backup or fix those problems – so only update these yourself if you know what you are doing.

Your WordPress site should be backed up and checked for updates regularly to avoid security problems. If you need any assistance with this, please get it touch with us at 01473 851460 !