Updating WordPress and plugins are an important part of website ownership for the popular content management system. These updates are a range of various features, and fixes, but most importantly patches that protect the security of your site.
Developers often find out after creating a plugin or theme that there are security flaws, or “backdoors” that allow hackers or bots to break into the website and post links to scrupulous websites. Updating WordPress prevents many of these opportunities from being presented to the bad guys.
As we all know software needs updating, and WordPress plugins and themes are no different. It is wise to set a schedule for updates and check on the site frequently. If you are regularly contributing to the website (a good idea) then updating the site before starting or right after finishing work is a good habit to pick up.
Nothing is more frustrating then finding out your site has been hacked, when it could have been prevented by simply updating WordPress. Here is more about the subject of updates on the popular Rackspace blog.
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