Of all websites worldwide, 34% run on WordPress (read more about WordPress), which is more than one-third of all websites. Impressive, isn’t it? More than 400 million people visit these WordPress websites every month.
With these numbers in mind, you will understand that WordPress websites can be an interesting target for hackers. Update WordPress whenever you can, it’s important.
1. Making it safe and keeping it that way
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to secure WordPress websites against attacks and intrusions. One of the most important things is to update WordPress software regularly. WordPress releases updates on a regular basis. Some to further expand the possibilities, or to fix bugs, but also with security updates that close ‘holes’ in the software and thus improve security.
In addition to updating WordPress, the plug-ins (additional software packages which are ‘plugged in’ to the WordPress package, as it were, and which add special functions) also regularly have new versions which must be installed. In addition, the ‘theme’ of the website (i.e. the ‘visual look and feel’) is also updated from time to time.
These plug-ins and themes also release updates from time to time in which leaks and errors are resolved in order to prevent external infringements.
If you combine the maintenance of updates with a backup of your website, little can go wrong.
2. Help my website doesn’t work after an update!
If you have ever looked in the administration area of WordPress, you have probably seen the buttons ‘Install Update’.
An open door, right? Click and go! In many cases, it is indeed that simple, but occasionally new and old software versions of WordPress, plug-ins, and themes do not get along and your whole website seems to have disappeared. (But that’s why you made the backup, isn’t it?)
Update WordPress in the right order:
- Do I have a backup, and can I restore it myself?
- Do I have all passwords (including those of the hosting) so that I can access everything?
- Update plug-ins
- Checking the website to see if everything works
- Update theme
- Check the website to see if everything works
- Update WordPress
- Checking the website for everything to work
- Is everything OK?
- Make a new back-up
Do you have any questions about this list? Then you should ask yourself if keeping your website up-to-date is a job you want to do yourself. Especially if you haven’t made a proper backup.
3. Help is close at hand
Fortunately, help is at hand! Remember the 34% worldwide coverage of WordPress websites? So there are plenty of specialists out there who can keep your WordPress website up-to-date and also make those back-ups.
4. But doesn’t my hosting company do that for me?
- No. That is to say: in most cases, not. And besides, those hosting companies don’t even know your website (at least not it’s content and layout). So if something goes wrong with the update and your website suddenly looks different than before the update, it will be difficult for them to detect what went wrong.
- Some hosting companies do updates and back-ups automatically. That’s fine, as long as everything works. If it doesn’t, a backup is reversed, and you are back to square one.
Update WordPress without worrying
- Would you like to have everything in order, but not have to worry about it? Then I can help you! Just like you pay monthly or yearly for hosting and your domain name, you can also keep your website up-to-date including back-ups in a subscription form.
5. Power user or simple website
- And of course, there is a difference between websites that are the hub of your business and simple sites that nobody misses when it doesn’t work. That is why I have put together different packages that you can choose from. You can decide for yourself how secure and up-to-date you want to keep things.