Your WordPress Version (and Plug-in) Needs to be Updated— Here’s Why

WordPress has become an integral part of the internet. Not familiar with the platform? With 75 million websites using WordPress, you should. This platform alone is now powering 30% of websites. It’s a space on the internet in which businesses and bloggers alike host their content. It is a powerful content management system (CMS) that is easy to use and has grown to be one of the most popular and largest self-hosting tool. So, if you’re using WordPress for your business, it’s important to maintain upkeep. This means making sure your WordPress version is up to date—as well as the plug-ins you’re using along with it.

What are you using WordPress for? It’s probably to set up your eCommerce business, inform people about your products, or post blogs (as an influencer or as a business). Either way, you need WordPress, your tool, to be working to its fullest. In this way, it’s like your iPhone alerting you to install the latest version. The new version usually fixes bugs, provides new features, and speeds up performance. In this case, the same applies to WordPress and whichever plug-in you’re using (and you should be using some).  If you’re an eCommerce business, these plug-ins may include OptinMonster, which helps you grow your email list; W3 Total Cache, which reduces the load on your server and makes your website faster; or YOAST, which optimizes your SEO and makes your content reach more viewers.

“Security…Security!”

This isn’t an Anjelah Johnson skit—security for your website is important. Because WordPress has such a large user base, it becomes the target of hackers around the globe. When you update your WordPress version, you’re arming it with the latest equipment (software) to avoid anyone hacking or causing your website harm. We think that’s reason enough to maintain your WordPress page.

“Are We Compatible?”

This sounds like a bad boy band lyric, but it’s an important part of updating any version of WordPress or plug-in you may have. Not everyone is using the same browser, screen, or plug-in. So, when you update your version, compatibility is taken into consideration so that your website is loaded and viewable to different types of online viewers. Updates can ensure that required elements are incorporated into a functional website.

 

Bug Fixes

No clever lines here—just clever advice. Updating your WordPress version reduces any bug issues your website may be having. Most of the time, bugs affect the speed of your website and make it frustrating for people to visit you online. The last thing you want to do is leave a bad impression on your customers. Bug fixes optimize the use of your website allows for a pleasant online visit.

Speaking of Speed…

When you’re using a plug-in, speed and performance are key. If your tool can’t work as fast as you do, it’s time for an upgrade. Same applies for WordPress. An update translates to WordPress or your plug-in trying to beat its personal record in speed and performance. Each new version improves the JavaScript, a tool that helps with navigation menus. This leads to an improvement in your websites speed, and ultimately, user experience.

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