Can you afford to loose your website or have it blacklisted by Google?
There is good news though. As the most widely used platform for building business websites, WordPress has a huge developer community, so immediately a vulnerability is discovered in the core WordPress code, a fix is released within hours in the form of an update. Similarly, when discovered that a plugin or theme contains a vulnerability, the developer will usually release an updated version very quickly with a fix.
But updates and fixes don’t install themselves!
What are you doing to keep your website healthy?
Before carrying out any updates, it is vital that you take a backup of the site, both the files & database! While most updates usually proceed without incident, occasionally upgrading does cause problems. It is therefore vitally important that a current backup is available to allow the site to be restored.
Fixes for bugs or security flaws should be applied immediately. However, it is NOT always a good idea to apply major functionality upgrades as soon as they become available. New functionality often means new bugs and vulnerabilities, so it is best to wait for the first maintenance release after a major upgrade.
To keep your website performing at its very best there are some other maintenance tasks that should be carried out regularly:
- Optimisation of the database
- Removal of Spam comments
- Removal of old post revisions
Doing these things regularly will keep the database performing faster, thereby improving the speed and performance of your WordPress website.
Regular maintenance is absolutely essential to keep your website running smoothly!
If all of this sounds like too much hard work, or you’d rather it just be taken care of by experienced professionals, check out our WordPress Website Maintenance Plans. For a set monthly fee you can relax in the knowledge that your website is being maintained, and in the unlikely case that your website does have a serious issue, it will be promptly restored from a recent backup.