Aging is innate: it happens to every person, object, product, but also an application such as CMS WordPress The only difference is that WordPress has found a cure: updating. Why is it worth doing?
What are the risks?
Nearly 60% of all websites with a content management system are based on WordPress. There are thousands of WP plugins, and thousands of developers are always working on their development and security. In other words, WordPress is continuously changing, and updates are necessary for the correct functioning of the system. Moreover, they are essential to keep your site secure.
Failure to update may result in the loss of the entire website or, worse, your customers’ data. It will also tarnish the image of a professional company, and, thus, the business.
When to update WordPress?
Naturally, the creators of the most popular CMS in the world ensure that the system is resistant to all attacks. However, a lot depends on add-ons developers, administrators, as well as the users. That is why frequent updates are necessary. While the main reason behind them is security, that is not all. They are worth carrying out because developers often develop plugins and CMS by introducing new functionalities or improvements.
So when to update WordPress? It depends on what the update concerns. If there are security patches among the changes, whether it is a plugin or the entire system, you should update as soon as possible. Any other adjustments require careful thought.
You should update plugins when you feel that they will not introduce unwanted changes. Also, when they contain security patches or the desired functionality. You can check all of this in the plugin’s technical documentation or on its official website.
For substantial WordPress updates, like the last one to version 5.0, it’s better to wait for the publisher to release 2 or 3 patches to update security vulnerabilities or bugs.
To sum up: the more often, the better. However, you should follow your common sense as well as the right procedure.
WordPress: how to update?
First of all, you must have a plan for repairing the website if the update goes wrong. It is best to have a test version of the site to verify the update process.
It is crucial to make sure you back up your site before you start. f the site stops working after the upgrade of the production environment, you will be able to recover it quickly and easily.
Bear in mind that specialized companies usually perform regular backups and create a test version of your website. After the update, they thoroughly verify whether everything went well and repair what is necessary.
Update when the website has the least traffic — it is best to do it late in the evening or at night.
What happens after an incorrect update?
It may result in a non-displaying page or a page with numerous errors. There may appear unnecessary lines of code. Some functionalities may no longer work. If you made a backup or your site enjoys the support of a company specializing in WordPress technical support, then you have nothing to fear. Such companies typically also offer web monitoring. If not, contact your web hosting provider. Some hosting companies perform regular website backups, but a restoration of a page is not always a swift operation.