The importance of keeping your WordPress website, Plugins and Theme Updated has never been more important. WordPress users have been inundated lately with version updates, theme updates and security patches. So here is some timely advice put out by Bob WP.
When managing your self-hosted site, you will notice that not only does the version of WordPress need to be updated occasionally, but also your plugins and themes. For both functionality and security reasons, it’s important to stay updated.
1. Make sure you have a full backup in place before updating, just to be safe. If your hosting doesn’t have a reliable backup system, I recommend the premium plugin BackupBuddy.
2. If possible use a staging area to test the updates. For example, WPEngine managed hosting comes with a staging area, or you can use a service like WPStagecoach. That way you are not updating on your live site.
2. If you are updating a WordPress version, and plugins or themes, I suggest your update the WordPress version first.
3. Backups are important for both functionality and security reasons.
4. WordPress now automatically updates your smaller version, eg 4.1 to 4.1.1 unless your hosting, the person that did your site, or you have turned it off via code or a plugin.
Two side notes.
Yes, updating anything can cause an issue… nothing is 100% guaranteed. But it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you have had your theme customized via code directly into the theme files, and a child theme was not created, an update of the theme will cause you to lose all your themes customizations.
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