How often should I update WordPress?
Written by Igor Lubinets
So, you have everything set up and working just fine. Congratulations! Now, sometimes when you update your WordPress website to the newer version, some of the plugins act out and crash your entire site.
People who got burned by this in the past know what I am talking about. In fact, sometimes it keeps them from upgrading, because they are afraid it might happen again.
WordPress is an open-source project. Anyone can create a plugin for WordPress. That is a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. Oftentimes, you will find free plugins out there that are very popular and stable. For example, WordPress SEO by Yoast or Advanced Custom Fields by Elliot Condon. The programmers that created these plugins take the time to provide continuous support to make sure there are few to no bugs. They also provide backward compatibility with older installations.
There are also other plugins out there – the bad ones. These plugins are often free, but unlike the other ones, these plugins are very buggy. The authors of these plugins may have created them initially to solve their own specific problem. Maybe they just don’t have enough time maintaining the plugins. Whatever the case, those are the ones you need to avoid.
The solution to this problem is to do you research before using any particular plugin. When I recommend plugins to my clients, they go through rigorous benchmarking and only the best get the pick.
So to answer the big question: How often should I update? I say: Update as often as you can.
In order for you to stay protected, you need to update your system on a regular basis. Thankfully the latest versions come with automatic security updates.
If you work with me, I can take care of upgrades for you thus providing you the peace of mind that everything is working properly.