Maintaining your WordPress website is important for many reasons. When WordPress makes changes and upgrades, it’s important to do them because problems may occur if you don’t. Here are several problems you may run into if you don’t keep up on the upgrades WordPress has for the sites or blogs you run through them.
1. Hackers and scammers feed on websites that aren’t current and updated. WordPress is on top of this and continually makes changes to the backend to make sure this doesn’t happen. They keep up on coding and other things that hackers and scammers feed on, which protects your site.
2. Things may stop functioning properly if you don’t keep up on the updates. You may find coding changes, plugins or widgets stop working, or designs change, and if you don’t do the updates, your site won’t work well. There’s nothing worse than finding out from a client or friend that your site isn’t working properly.
3. If you don’t upgrade, you may not see changes that were made to enable your site to work well. There may be updates to plugins or widgets that only work with the new versions or new ones that were created specifically for the new version of WordPress.
4. WordPress may have discovered an easier way to do things or they may choose to clean up the dashboard to make it easier to find things. These changes may save you time and money in the long run. If you choose not to do the upgrade, you’ll miss out on these changes and lose money as well.
While there are several steps you need to follow to do a WordPress update, it’s worth it in the long run. Whether the changes protect your site or make it easier to use, you’ll want to do each and every update. If you find you can’t take the time to do these or you don’t know how, you need to hire a Virtual Assistant to help you get the job done.