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Wordpress is the most popular content management platform world-wide (currently powering 23% of the worlds websites) and we love it at Yadda.
There’s no reason a well-built Wordpress site can’t keep delivering a good experience for both clients and customers many years after going live – whether you choose to make ongoing changes and improvements or not.
When Wordpress is kept updated, it’s also secure.
However, if your site is neglected it will be at risk from attacks, vulnerabilities and other inconveniences that can be damaging to your brand as well as time consuming and costly to fix.
These are our top reasons that maintenance is important.
Security, security, security.
Security is the most important reason to keep your Wordpress site and its plugins up to date.
Because of its popularity and success, Wordpress is a popular target for hackers, malicious code distributors and data thieves.
Since Wordpress is open source, anyone can study the source code to find potential exploits and break into websites. Luckily, this also means that every time a security vulnerability is identified, anyone can find fixes for the problem too and Wordpress put out regular updates to fix these issues.
Hackers can write scripts which scan the internet for sites which haven't been updated and you may become a victim of a sophisticated attack.
Third party plugins can also be exploited in the same way.
If you aren’t running the latest version of Wordpress and installed plugins, you’re leaving known security risks in place, which means that sooner or later your site will probably be hacked. This could have serious impact on your business ( the recent panama papers leak was caused for exactly this reason) – resulting in loss of confidential data like client details, site downtime or embarrassing content being placed on your site, as well as costing you time, effort and money to fix.
No matter how detailed the testing process is, bugs often slip into releases. This is the same for software and websites (apart from the ones we build of course? ).
Wordpress and plugin developers are quickly made aware of these by the large, active developer community and often work to fix them very quickly. It's a good idea to take advantage of these fixes as quickly as close to release as possible.
Wordpress developers are always trying to make things faster and each new Wordpress version includes major and minor changes that make Wordpress run faster and more efficiently for you and your users.
Since speed is such a huge factor in SEO, keeping Wordpress up to date will really help your sites rankings on Google and other search engines too.
Each major Wordpress release also comes with new features and changes to the software that make it more powerful and easier to use.
If you're using an older version of Wordpress, then your user experience won't be as good as someones using the latest version.
To sum this up, keeping your sites software up to date will result in:
- Improved security
- Faster user experience for you and your users
- A bug free website
- Nice new features for you to play with
This doesn't need to be your concern
We offer maintenance contracts on all of our sites to ensure that all updates are made so that you don’t have to worry and can get on with running your business.
If you would like more details on this please contact us on [email protected]