“Should I install the updates of WordPress? What about the themes and plugins?” Those are pretty common questions, and the answer should always be the same. It should be “yes!” This is also true for other CMS such as Joomla and Drupal. According to WPBeginner, 83% of hacked WordPress sites are not up to date. Not updating your CMS is pretty much like leaving the door wide open for hackers.
A security matter
WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are the main Content Management Systems (CMS) for websites and represent more than 25 % of the internet. In other words, finding a crack in one of these CMS is like finding a key to let you in a fourth of the internet. Whether it is a theme, a plugin or the CMS, regular updates are key to stay safe and prevent attacks.
For instance, in late 2014, a security breach was found in Revolution Slider, a WordPress plugin. Abuse messages and notifications piled up on our tech support’s desk because, in most cases, the plugin was not up to date. Once again, minimizing risks demands an updated CMS!
Bug fixes, new features, and better overall performance
In addition to keeping your site safe from hackers, CMS updates usually allow your CMS to work better. Improvement of overall performance and bug fixes come with the updates. The same goes with themes and plugins. It would be too bad to miss out!
Also, some updates offer new features that could always end up useful for the daily maintenance of your website.
Updating without struggling
Updating your CMS is not very hard, you can do it directly in the CMS interface. Don’t forget to backup your website before, though! You can never be too cautious. If you can, test the update on a development site before hand.
wThere exist tools to be notified when new updates are available or even tools that will automatically update your plugins, which is pretty neat if you don’t have a lot of time for maintenance. You can find some for Joomla, WordPress and Drupal.
In the end, don’t neglect the security and the performance of your sites: keep your CMS up to date!