Look, let’s get straight to it. Updates are that boring part of tech that we’re always putting off. But they’re so important.

We could sit here and tell you why you should update your iPhone. Or your laptop. Or even your favourite photo-editing app. But that’s not really our area of expertise. What we do know a thing or two about is WordPress – we use it every day, after all. Today, we’re discussing the importance of updating your WordPress site. Calling all clients, potential clients, friends and family (who are into web stuff obvs), this one’s for you.

A brochure WordPress site we created for business consultancy firm Perfficiency

Why you should update your WordPress site right now

I think we can all agree on one thing. WordPress is a pretty big company. Right? Right. So, we highly doubt they’d spend the time and effort putting out updates just for fun and games. There are many reasons behind those big red notifications. And making you feel guilty is not one of them (although, you should feel guilty if you continue to ignore them!). Here are those said reasons, in easy-to-understand, bitesize chunks:

The majority of hacks happen when websites aren’t updated

We might as well start with the most important one. Security is a huge issue when it comes to anything web-related, so if you own a WordPress website you should be ensuring you’re doing everything to protect it. The most basic way to do this is to hit that ‘update’ button. Most of the time, WordPress updates will include important security patches that will keep your site up-to-date and less vulnerable to hackers.

Your plugins and themes won’t work properly without updates

If you’re anything like us, you love a good plugin. But these little fellas need a top-up every now and then – same with your theme. Updating your WordPress site (as well as any individual plugin updates) will ensure that these integral parts run smoothly, as well as protecting them from hacks. Did you know that themes and plugins make up around half of the most common entry points for hackers?

Updates are made to solve issues and fix bugs

At the end of the day, as we said earlier, WordPress issue these updates for a reason. Any problems you’re having with your site could be due to the fact that it’s out-of-date, so check that you’ve installed the latest update before getting in a flap. Also, any bugs you’ve noticed are likely to get noticed by WordPress devs too – you should look out for the latest update to fix them.

You’ll get to use any new features or functionality

It’s not just about damage limitation, which we understand isn’t the most exciting of reasons to hit ‘update’. You’ll also get to use any new features that WordPress has decided to roll out, like the new Gutenberg editor that was made available try out with 4.9.8.

An update could help to maximise your website’s performance

On top of all of that, you’ll sometimes find that updates for your WordPress site will improve speed. Who can argue with that? Increasing your site’s speed is great for not just SEO but conversion rates, too, so it’s a no-brainer.

The next WP update is 4.9.9 so keep an eye out whenever you log in to your website. For help and advice on improving your WordPress site, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Emma Aldington

With a degree in English Language and plenty of experience in blogging, Emma is our resident content writer and social media wizard. Whatever it is, she'll find the words for it!