Keep Those Plugins Updated – With Caution.

Updates are important, but they can break your website, so many people just don’t update.

The problem is updates aren’t just about new features. Often they contain security fixes. Getting these security fixes is important because malware makers and spammers will scan the internet looking for “unpatched” websites. And since you now have backups, you don’t have to worry so much about updates breaking your site!

This one’s easy, here’s how:

Just go to Dashboard > Updates at least once a month and update everything.

Reminders From WP Support HQ:

  • It’s a good idea to make sure you have a backup before running the updates.
  • If you’ve made changes to your theme files, updating it will overwrite those changes. It’s probably a good idea to move those changes into a “Child Theme” before updating the theme. Updates to everything else should be fine, so don’t wait on those!

Bonus! Keep an eye out for important security updates and update as soon as you see them. These blogs are good sources to follow for security updates.

We know this is a lot! But really, we think it’s the minimum you should do to protect the investment you’ve made in your blog.

WP Support HQ specializes in taking care of WordPress sites. We do all the things above, plus a few more to keep your site running smoothly and securely.

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