WordPress just released its third update (WordPress 4.4) so far this year (2015). While three updates may not sound like much, this is the most I have seen in WordPress updates to the main core of what comprises over 30% of all websites today.
Plugins and themes get updated more frequently than WordPress and you should be updating them on a regular basis (I recommend at least monthly if not more often). This not only improves functionality, but also security.
Keeping up with the updates can be challenge for many businesses. This year I have been retained to help repair three websites that have been hacked into and compromised; see Warning: This website May Be Hacked post of August 2015. In all three cases the websites have been WordPress based and all three, updates have not been done in 12 or more months. This opens up security holes that hackers just love to crawl through. You really need to protect your website.
Each update WordPress does will impact all the other plugins and themes on your site. Expect to see many if not all of them roll out updates to keep up with the changes in WordPress.
WordPress Website Maintenance Program
We have launched a WordPress Website Maintenance program that you may be interested in. Here is what we will do for your business website:
- Backup your website and database in offsite storage before performing any update.
- Update one item at a time and see if there are any impacts to the website functionality.
- If an update on the off chance would “break” something, our team will repair your website to bring it back to it’s normal operation.
- Updates will be performed on non-critical business hours for YOUR business once a month.
ON-Q Marketing will performs your WordPress website maintenance for a monthly fee or you can pay in advance once a year with a discount on the pricing.
So, ask yourself:
A) How much would my time investment be to perform necessary website and is that more or less than outsourcing this task?
B) Will I know how to fix my website should I break it during an update?
C) How much down time for my website and business handle should my site become compromised/hacked and I need to hire someone to fix it.
I can assure you that Option “A” is the least expensive with option “C” the most expensive.
Contact ON-Q Marketing
If your website has been hacked (do a Google search and looked for the flag “This site maybe hacked”), or you just do not know how or care to do regular maintenance on your website Contact us to help you out.