The short answer is, “Whenever there is an update available.”
Why You Should Update Your WordPress Installation
It is so very important to keep your WordPress software and plugins updated. It is one of your main responsibilities as a site owner. Why should you go to the trouble of updating? Three main reasons:
- Staying updated minimizes the possibility of having your site hacked
- Gives you access to the latest and greatest features of WordPress
- Helps protect the other millions of people who run their sites on WordPress
WordPress installations and site owners are a prime target of hackers simply because there are so many of us, and discovering a vulnerability within the WordPress core files is like visiting Disneyland for the first time for normal people. Fortunately, the WordPress coding team takes security very seriously and whenever vulnerabilities appear, they are patched within a matter of hours.
Gives you access to the latest and greatest features of WordPress.
WordPress is on a constant and continuing upward path of improvement. New features and functionality is added regularly. You wouldn’t want to miss out on that, would you?
Helps protect the other millions of people who run their sites on WordPress.
You may ask, “How does my staying updated help protect other people?” Much of the time, the end result of a serious WordPress site hack is the installation of malicious software on your hosting account. A favorite of hackers is turning your site into a “bot” (robot) and including it in a “bot net”, a collection of sites that have been similarly hacked. The bot net is in turn used to attack other computer systems, or spread more malicious software, etc. Your keeping your site software up to date reduces the chances that your site will become part of the problem.
Why You Should NOT Update Your WordPress Installation
- No valid reasons, none whatsoever
A well-coded WordPress-based site will not break when it’s updated. If WordPress’s best-practices were followed by your theme’s author and your plugins authors, any updates will be totally seamless and aside from seeing new features if there are any, you shouldn’t even notice that you’ve updated your site.
“But what if my site breaks?”
Unfortunately, that can happen sometimes, especially when you’ve neglected updating for a long period of time. If it happens and you are unable to fix it yourself, you may have to hire someone who can. It’s just a fact of life when it comes to owning a web site.
A special note: if your site has been developed by LaunchTheBook, we guarantee that the theme will never be a problem. That means if you update your site and it breaks, and the problem is the theme (not a plugin, which we have no control over), we will fix it. Free.
Updating WordPress, Themes, and Plugins
Fortunately, updating is easy. Make sure you have a current backup of your site, both files and database.
If you decide that doing your own updates is just something you don’t want to tackle for yourself, we can do it for you for a reasonable price, $35 – $50, depending on the complexity of your site. Just let us know that you want LaunchTheBook to upgrade your site for you.