You’ve no doubt had to upgrade to the newest version of software applications like Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, and iOS. Why? Because each new version adds features, fixes security issues, and keeps your apps from becoming laggy. Websites work the same way. WordPress regularly comes out with new versions, and if you don’t update your website’s framework to the latest version it will become susceptible to hackers and security breaches, it won’t load as quickly, and its SEO (search engine optimization) will decline.
Not only is it important to maintain the overall framework of your website, you also need to upgrade your site’s plugins and extensions. These enable features on your website like a video player, photo gallery, slideshow, social media feed and more. Plugins and extensions expire regularly, so they need to be updated and tested to make sure the new versions are compatible with other components of your website. Failing to update these mini-extensions can open the door for hackers. It can also cause certain functionalities, like a video or photo gallery on your site, to stop working or displaying.
Truth be told, staying on top of maintaining every aspect of your site can take a lot of time and work. It can also be challenging if you’re not tech-savvy or don’t have coding experience. That’s why we’ve created a WordPress Website Care Plan, so you can focus on your business without worrying about the functionality and security of your website.