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WordPress Needs Continual Maintenance

If you’re using WordPress to power your website, it is imperative that your site’s core software, themes and plugins are kept up. It’s also a great idea to regularly back up your site in case the worst happens. In fact, one of the worst things you can do is leave your site untouched for long periods of time. Why?

Security Fixes

WordPress itself fixes security holes several times per year. In many instances, your site will automatically update to the latest security fix. But if you’re running a severely outdated version, you may not receive that fix. So it’s extremely important to keep the WordPress core current.

Plugins and themes can also have security holes, but most often they are not automatically updated. In rare cases, WordPress will work with a plugin developer to push out a security patch automatically. But again, it’s rare so you can’t fully depend on this to keep your site secure.

Things Break

Recently, WordPress 4.5 was released to millions of websites. Because of an update to a JavaScript library (jQuery), several plugins and themes needed to be updated to stay compatible.This is a case where just keeping the WordPress core current isn’t enough.

That’s why it’s important to keep all components of your site updated and keep periodic backups. As in life, one thing can inadvertently break another when you’re not looking.

One Solution: ManageWP

ManageWPSince 2015, I’ve been providing clients who host their sites with me a service called ManageWP. Managing as many sites as I do, I needed a place to efficiently keep clients fully updated. Thankfully, ManageWP does just that. I log in and, BAM!, I’ve got a safe place to easily find out which sites need updating. Then, a few clicks later, everything is up-to-date.

The other great aspect of the service is that it includes incremental backups of each website I manage there. That means, if an update goes awry or a hosting emergency occurs, a recent backup of the site is readily available. And, ManageWP keeps a running tally of restore points for each site, so if something broke last Tuesday, it can be restored from a point before the issue occurred.

I’m not one to shill for a service or product unless I use it and really, really like it. ManageWP has become a service that I cannot do without.

If you’re a web developer or someone who manages multiple sites, give ManageWP a try. If you’re a site owner, know that a service like this can provide peace of mind.