All businesses need regular website maintenance

Unfortunately, without proper website maintenance, your chances of getting hacked are pretty good.

How often do you need to update WordPress core, themes, and plugins?

Answer: All the time!

The longer you wait to update, the harder it will be.

Some updates build on previous updates.

Changes might be made to templates and how data is stored in the database that is more easily managed in increments.

More importantly, updates can be critical for security.

By waiting even a few days to perform a critical security update can put your site at risk.

When a security vulnerability is discovered, the details of the exploitable code are published on the Internet. Hackers can immediately write bots to automatically crawl the web and exploit these vulnerabilities.

Outdated themes, plugins, and WordPress version are the number one way hackers gain access to your site (besides brute force hacks of your login).

Even deactivated themes and plugins can leave your system vulnerable.

Many people offer website maintenance plans to help you stay up to date.

Plans that offer weekly, monthly, or quarterly updates are just asking for trouble.

That approach doesn’t work due to the need for timely updates in the face of a security vulnerability.

Updates need to happen ASAP, not on a pre-determined schedule.

All businesses need regular website maintenance

Unfortunately, without proper website maintenance, your chances of getting hacked are pretty good.

How often do you need to update WordPress core, themes, and plugins?

Answer: All the time!

The longer you wait to update, the harder it will be.

Some updates build on previous updates.

Changes might be made to templates and how data is stored in the database that is more easily managed in increments.

More importantly, updates can be critical for security.

By waiting even a few days to perform a critical security update can put your site at risk.

When a security vulnerability is discovered, the details of the exploitable code are published on the Internet. Hackers can immediately write bots to automatically crawl the web and exploit these vulnerabilities.

Outdated themes, plugins, and WordPress version are the number one way hackers gain access to your site (besides brute force hacks of your login).

Even deactivated themes and plugins can leave your system vulnerable.

Many people offer website maintenance plans to help you stay up to date.

Plans that offer weekly, monthly, or quarterly updates are just asking for trouble.

That approach doesn’t work due to the need for timely updates in the face of a security vulnerability.

Updates need to happen ASAP, not on a pre-determined schedule.

Updates

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Best practice is to consult with WordPress experts such as Sitemaster to perform this exercise for you.

According to wpbeginner.com, 83% of hacked WordPress sites are not updated.

Alternatively you can use the 1-click upgrade feature; however, this does not detect any incompatibilities and may disrupt your website if not implemented correctly.

Search Engines

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Website maintenance is critical to search-engine rankings.

Web sites with old content consistently rank lower in search engine listings.

Some search engines, including Google, check your page’s “if-modified-since” HTTP header to determine whether it is worth crawling.

Failing to make frequent modifications could cause you to be pushed below active competitors in the listings and cost you business over time.

“If you are not patched, then it is like a big red beacon to the world saying ‘Hey come see if you can hack my site.’ If you are patched, they often don’t bother with you,”