WordPress is extremely popular, powering over 40% of websites! The software needs keeping up to date however, for various reasons. We go through some of the most important ones here.
However this makes it a tempting target for hackers. Keeping your WordPress core, themes and plugins up to date makes it harder for them to break in. Unauthorised access to your website control panel or it sending out spam emails could be disastrous for your business.
“Patchstack estimates that 99.31% of all security bugs from 2021 were in components – WordPress plugins and themes.”
New features are introduced to WordPress regularly that can make your site faster and easier to use. Whether it’s a new text editor, support for better image formats or new privacy tools, these new features are often vital to running a modern website.
Speed is important to maintain search engine results – vital if you rely on search engine traffic to attract new clients or customers. A fast site also keeps visitors happy and people will leave in droves if your website takes too long to load.
We recommend updates are done monthly, but quarterly is better than nothing if you’re on a budget!