WordPress Maintenance… what is it ? and why do i need to have it ?

Maintaining the backend of your WordPress website is extremely important, it cant be stressed enough how important it is.

This means that if you are not using the latest version of WordPress, then you are using software with known security vulnerabilities. Hackers can search for websites running the older version, and you may become a victim of a sophisticated attack. This is why website maintenance is so important.

1 . Security

Security is arguably the most important reason why you should keep your WordPress website up to date, and it’s not just WordPress itself, its the plugins that are used on the website that need to be updated as well. Each time WordPress updates all the plugins should update as well so the are compatible with the latest version of WP, and if the release is substantial you will also have a framework or child theme update as well.

WordPress currently powers 23% of all websites in the world. Due to it’s immense popularity, WordPress is a popular target for hackers, malicious code distributors, data thieves, and wanna be hackers.

2. Cool New Features

Each major WordPress release comes with new features and changes to the software. For example, WordPress 4.0 came with improved plugin install experience, 4.1 introduced inline image editing, and 4.2 came with faster plugin updates.

WordPress developers are always trying to make things faster. Each new release comes with several performance improvements that makes WordPress run faster and more efficient.

4. Bug Fixes

Despite the rigorous testing of major WordPress releases, sometimes bugs may slip through the cracks. That’s why there are timely minor WordPress releases (the ones with X.X.X) to account for that. For example, the most recent WordPress 4.2.3 update fixed 20 bugs from the 4.2 release.

5. Compatibility (or NOT)

Often plugin and theme developers coordinate their updates with major WordPress releases to ensure they’re taking advantage of newly available features and enhancements. However in some cases, an update can break your existing WordPress plugins if they weren’t following the best practices and coding standards. This is why is IMPORTANT to have regular monthly backups of your website… just in case.

Dunjoko Designs offers two maintenance packages that will take care of the backend of your website, websites are checked daily and updated accordingly.