Why WordPress Core Updates ?

WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) , used to create nearly 20% of all websites.  Its popularity it also makes it a common target for hackers, spammers, and other malicious parties.

Updates to WordPress core files will often increase security by patching vulnerabilities and strengthening WordPress against attacks. To reduce the risk of your site being hacked or compromised in some way, you need to ensure you need to perform updates as and when they are released.

When WordPress.com release any updates, they will do a press release, notifying it’s user base that a new security release is available and details regarding which vulnerability has been patched.   Malicious parties also keep an eye on these notification, to learn about the vulnerabilities and will set to work targeting any older versions of WordPress in an attempt to exploit the weakness.

 

83% of hacked WordPress sites,  were sites that had not been updated. Another common cause for WordPress websites to be hacked is outdated versions of PHP,   old themes and old plug-ins.

 

Bug Fixes

Although WordPress on the whole is a robust and scalable platform for you to use build your website with, it may still have bugs. The WordPress community aim to reduce and eliminate bugs with every release. To ensure you can take advantage of their hard work,  you need to ensure you update.

 

Added features and functionality

New features and functionality are always being added to WordPress, in order to take advantage of these you will need to update.

 

Not everyone wants to be bothered by the update treadmill. If you have better things to do, we’d be happy to talk to you about our WordPress maintenance service, which includes updates and backups.

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