WordPress is an ever evolving piece of software, with the WordPress team regularly releasing new updates packed with new features, added functionality, bug fixes, security fixes, and more. Unfortunately, many webmasters neglect to update their WordPress installations and plugins, which can cause a number of problems in the long run. This article will explain why you should keep your WordPress (and your plugins) up to date.
Bug and security fixes
WordPress is a complex piece of software made up of tens of thousands of lines of code. Unfortunately, as with every piece of software created, bugs exist in the code, many of which can cause major problems and errors. The WordPress team have worked hard to squash these bugs, releasing dozens of updates filled with bug fixes.
By updating to the newest version of WordPress, you will greatly reduce the chances of running into a crippling bug that may cause problems.
Security is also a major issue with WordPress sites. Any software that is as popular as WordPress will become a target for hackers. Unfortunately sometimes, a bug will be found that hackers can use to their advantage to access and/or deface a WordPress installation. While the WordPress team are quick to react to these security exploits, often releasing an update containing a quick fix for the problem, sites that continue to run the old versions of WordPress will still be susceptible to attacks from savvy hackers who abuse the security hole.
It’s important to update to the newest versions of WordPress to ensure that your WordPress sites are secure against potential attacks from hackers.
Likewise, WordPress plugins are susceptible to bugs and security