WordPress as a platform as well as its plugins and themes is a living project. Whether it’s adding new features or just fixing bugs, keeping WordPress and your themes and plugins up to date is just as important as having a reliable backup of your data. While recent versions of WordPress benefit from automatic updates for minor releases, your themes and plugins still need manual updating. This can turn into a nightmare if you’re running a dozen plugins or so and you need to check that each update was successful and nothing has broken your website. WordPressSmith aims to relieve that pressure. We update your WordPress core, keep your themes and plugins up to date and we check that everything still works the way it should after each update.
With every WordPress installation, it’s important to update three things:
- the WordPress core
- the themes you are using
- the plugins you are using
- Why is updating the WordPress core important?
Starting with version 3.7, WordPress introduced automatic updates for minor releases. This means that going from 4.0.1 to 4.0.2 is going to happen automatically for you. Major updates however (e.g. from 4.0.x to 4.1) still require manual labor. WordPress is just like any other piece of software on your computer. Periodically, its developers will add new features or fix existing bugs. Always having WordPress up to date means that you’re always running the most stable bug-free version there is. Any software bugs that have been reported thus far have been fixed and that’s one less thing you have to worry about when it comes to WordPress security.
Why is updating plugins and themes important?
Equally important are plugin and theme updates. You want to make sure that they are up to date because they may stop working when a new version of WordPress comes out. Or, more worrisome, there can be security vulnerabilities you don’t know about and running an insecure version of that plugin puts you at risk. WordPress’s popularity makes it a likely target for hackers and spammers and insecure and not-updated plugins are an easy way into your site. Having the most secure stable version of each plugin eliminates, or at least greatly diminshes, that risk.
WordPressSmith to the rescue
Plugin updates can happen on a daily basis. If you are to spend every day updating plugins and making sure the website still works, who’s going to run your business? We don’t want you to worry about these updates. We’ll provide regular checks and perform the required core, plugin and theme updates as they are needed. Of course, we backup your data before each update and test your website afterwards.
How do you do it?
How often do you update WordPress?
We recommend letting WordPress’s minor updates happen automatically. However, we test every major update as it comes out and apply the update to your site afterwards ourselves. In general, WordPress releases 2-3 major updates per year.
How often do you update plugins and themes?
Generally, we run through each of your plugin and themes once per week and check for updates. We back up your site, install the updates and then test. However, there are situations when a plugin has released a fix for a zero-day vulnerability. Thhis becomes a priority for us and its update goes outside of the normal update cycle. Meaning, we update it as soon as the update comes out.
Can I still update plugins myself outside of your update cycle?
Of course, although we recommend going to the beach instead. 🙂