“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
That’s the general consensus when it comes to a lot of things in life. If you’ve got a good thing going and everything is running smoothly, why bother changing things? It’s a sentiment that many of us are brought up with, but in the world of technology, change is usually a good thing if approached correctly.
If you’ve worked with technology in the past then you know that updates can be a lot of trouble to deal with. Whether it’s because of update errors that could happen or complications with software updates, things can go wrong. However, there are many reasons why you should be updating your software especially when it comes to WordPress, its plugins and themes.
There are a handful of good reasons why you should be updating WordPress, its plugins and even its themes whenever there’s a new version.
Fixing Bugs and Issues
One of the biggest reasons to update your WordPress, plugins and themes is to fix any potential issues that you might be experiencing. For instance, you might be experiencing some kind of error with a feature that isn’t working correctly, or you might be seeing glitches in your WordPress theme that can be replicated and seemingly can’t be fixed. Updates tend to fix all kinds of bugs and issues to ensure that your website setup is functional and works as intended.
Adding New Features
Updates can also come with new features. For instance, a plugin that helps with analytics could receive new features to help you track different types of analytics, or a theme update could include new layout options to suit various browser sizes. You don’t need to update for the sake of new features alone if it doesn’t interest you, but if there are new features you might make use of, it’s never a bad idea to consider updating for it.
Security is also a big concern when it comes to WordPress maintenance. Vulnerabilities could be discovered in your themes, plugins or general backend which could lead to security flaws. These issues may be exploited by cybercriminals which could take down your website or even intercept data such as credit card information. Keeping your website updated will prevent this from happening.
Lastly, there are also compatibility issues. A newer plugin might not work with a certain type of theme or WordPress version unless it’s updated. Plugins may also require updates to work with other services. This is a highly specific issue that must be handled on a case-by-case basis. However, the general idea is that updating tends to improve compatibility and offer you more flexibility when mixing and matching plugins, themes and different features.
If you’d like to learn more about WordPress maintenance, updates, plugins and themes, then don’t hesitate to contact us for more details. We’ll be happy to explain these advantages in more detail and also help answer any questions that you may have.