WordPress has fast become the world’s most popular CMS and in doing so is taking security very seriously. WordPress’ days as just a blogging platform are long gone and it was now being used to power sites for organisations like government and media for which security is so critical. Whether you are a small business or large corporation, if your site is on WordPress it is critical to keep your WordPress core and plugins updated.
The top 5 reasons to keep WordPress updated are:
- Bug fixes
One of the reasons that WordPress is increasingly becoming the target of security attacks is because it’s so big. A CMS that powers up to a quarter of the internet will doubtless attract the attention of anyone wanting to insert malicious code, take sites down or steal data.
Many times users are worried their site will break if they perform an update. Seravo.com has a nice solution for this. Based in Finland, Seravo has been performing tested auto-updates for the past three years for thousands of sites and created the WP Safe Updates plugin with the desire to remove the barrier of fear that often prevents users from updating their sites.
WP Safe Updates allows users to test plugin updates in a sandbox before applying them on a live site. After installing the plugin, you’ll see a new “test update” link with available updates on the plugins page.
This allows you to check out the frontend, admin, and any area of the site that the plugin affects. Once satisfied with the results of the update, you can exit the sandbox and proceed with confidence in updating the plugin on the live site.
This plugin is definitely worth taking a look at to help better management of updates.