A WordPress website consists of a WordPress installation, a theme, plugins and your own content such as photos and text. To make sure that all of your information is protected WordPress brings out regular updates – many of them include new safety features, bug fixes and more.

Not updating and backing up your site carries a risk of being hacked and having your website display unwanted information, having a site that doesn’t function as it should and thereby losing you business or losing your website altogether.

Here are the reasons why you should update and backup your website regularly:

Security

Don’t allow your website to be the target of hackers and malicious code distributors. If you don’t regularly update your website, you leave yourself open to having your website redirected, content being changed or being taken down altogether.

It’s serious. The most commonly used content management system is WordPress, and as an open-source platform, anyone can access the coding. Security breaches can quickly take down your website.

 

‘Over four in ten businesses (43%) and two in ten charities (19%) experienced a cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months.’ – Gov.uk, Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018: Main report.

 

Hackers can easily exploit the vulnerabilities of old versions of WordPress. The hackers update their malware injection bots which then infect sites that aren’t updated regularly – they are a prime target. It is important to maintain a website backup and to not skip updates.

 

‘For medium businesses, the average cost of these breaches has increased, from £1,860 in the 2016 survey, to £8,180 this time.’ – Gov.uk, Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018: Medium/Large Business Findings.

New Features

New features can improve the functionality of your site to give a better user experience. Past updates have included features such as the ability to include embeds in text and video widgets. One of the more recent updates added the ability to export the personal information of your users. This was to help companies comply with the new GDPR regulations that came into effect in May 2018.

Speed

An important reason to remember regular updates is speed. Updates that improve your site’s speed can help your search engine ranking and user experience. WordPress developers are always looking to improve speed and efficiency. This is a common theme in their updates.

Bug Fixes

You should regularly update your website as sometimes bugs may go unnoticed, which might affect the website’s functionality and security. Updating your website can fix bugs, keeping your site functioning and safe.

A Safety Net

Now, we have briefly mentioned the importance of backups. Backing up your website can be your saving grace. A website backup has been described as ‘the single greatest insurance plan’, and we have to agree. The time spent backing up your website is an investment in your business. Companies lose business as a direct result of having their website damaged by human error, hackers or their computers crashing. This, along with the cost incurred of trying to recover their website, is extremely damaging.

Restoring your website can be made a lot less painless by ensuring that you are regularly backing up your site, and storing the backup in more than one secure place. This can get you back up and running quickly, saving you time and money, as well as minimising the disruption to your business.

 

We offer a WordPress updates, backup and security service. We can give you peace of mind that your website is being protected, so that you can spend time growing your business. For more information on this service click here. To get in touch, click here.

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