If your website is managed by a content management system (CMS), the chances are relatively strong that it is WordPress. Furthermore, if you use WordPress for your site, the chances are even stronger that you have various plug-ins to increase the functionality of WordPress. Higher still is the likelihood that if the above is true, you have at least one if not many plug-ins that are missing their latest update. There are many reasons why WordPress maintenance plugin updates are often neglecting. Some go with the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy. Your plug-ins need updating, but you have not noticed it is causing any issues so why worry? Others believe that updating a plug-in is an invitation to experience issues and site crashes because of compatibility issues. However, the most common reason perhaps is that in the hustle and bustle worrying about your WordPress plug-ins is simply not a priority. For all these reasons, there is one simple reply, “Do It!”
More about WordPress Maintenance Plugin Updates
You may have noticed that on your WordPress Dashboard, at the very top of the screen you will see a notice advising you that updates for your plug-ins and WordPress itself are available. Instead of ignoring those, it is critical that you take the time to update them. After all, the notice does say “please”. WordPress often releases updates, sometimes weekly, and so do your plug-ins. The reasons are many. There may be security issues that a plug-in will correct. Alternatively, there may be added functionality that will make your life easier. Whatever the case may be, updates are necessary and should not be neglected?
Why Updating WordPress Plug-Ins Is Important
Security issues are perhaps the number one reason you want to make sure your plug-ins are up to date. Take a look at live world wide hacking attempts that are going on now. Developers who create their plug-ins are often working with the code daily and may find issues with the original version. They may have user feedback that shows people are having issues with it. Either way, if taking the few seconds of time, literally, that it takes to update will save you from a hacked website, it is a no-brainer. Also, because WordPress maintenance plugin updates may improve the speed of your website, plug-in updates are critical from a digital marketing perspective. If your site is slow to load, visitors will head directly to your competition. Also, because WordPress updates regularly, the thousands of available plug-ins may have compatibility issues with the new version. You should always be updating WordPress, and your plug-ins to make sure everything is functioning as it should. If it is not, the worst case scenarios include frustrated visitors, or worse, a site crash.
Still Have Excuses not to Worry About WordPress Maintenance Plugin Updates?
It is understandable. Some people simply aren’t comfortable making any changes without professional guidance. Others may want to simply set it and forget it. Alternatively, they want it updated by someone else to free up their time. Fortunately, there is help available. Cohlab offers WordPress Maintenance and Support Services that not only ensure that your CMS and plug-ins are always up-to-date, but also provides other great services including 24/7 security monitoring, secure offsite backups, and many more. These packages are a great way to make sure your website is in tip-top shape at an affordable price far less than what your valuable time is worth. Check out our packages and let Cohlab take the worry and burden off your shoulders.
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