WordPress is amazing, in all that it can do. There’s a plugin that can make WordPress do just about anything you would ever want, or need, it to do (once it can make me a cup of coffee, it will be officially perfect!). 😉
However, with greatness, comes cost – and with WordPress, that cost is maintenance.
It’s good that WordPress is regularly maintained as it keeps improving and any bugs or issues are quickly addressed.
The bad is that I’ve seen WordPress update twice in one day!
To Update or Not to Update – That is the Question!
The short answer is yes, you should update. The long answer is, that you do not necessarily need to update with every minor update.
I update my sites monthly. I also have automatic backups scheduled using BackupBuddy:
- weekly for database only
- monthly for full site backups
Backing up your site first, is critical. Trust me, updating WordPresss is usually a smooth process, but when it isn’t, you will kick yourself if you don’t have a backup file!
It also makes logical, and solid, business sense to have regular backups done on your web site, preferably sent to an off-site cloud storage site somewhere (I use Amazon S3, but you can use Dropbox, etc…).
Is WordPress Worth the Extra Maintenance Hassle?
My answer is still yes. Because of all it can do, it’s worth the maintenance to have a site that functions and performs how you want and need it to.
The alternative would be a HTML/CSS site, and that would actually require you to have a web developer on staff, as every tweak, change or addition to your site content would require someone with HTML knowledge to make that change and/or build a new page. It requires more time, than paying a VA to perform WordPress maintenance.
Are there Any Other CMS Platforms That Would Be Better?
There are always options, Joomla, Drupal and others, but again – all of those are also database driven, and require maintenance just like WordPress. So you’re not saving on the maintenance.
Security Should Be Your #1 Concern
The main reason why you need to keep WordPress up-to-date, is security. While new features are great, and fixing bugs discovered with the latest release may, or may not, directly affect how your site functions – ultimately, the reason you need to keep not only WordPress, but all of your themes and plugins, up to date, is because of security. At some point, your site will become vulnerable to security threats if you ignore your WordPress maintenance.
I have had numerous clients come to me in a panic, because they neglected the maintenance needs of their site, and they get hacked, or infected with malware. Then, they have to spend far more to clean it up (and often with lost income on top of that!), than what they would have paid to simply have it maintained properly to begin with.
Help! My WordPress Needs Updating – Can You Help?!
Yes! I offer monthly Wordress Maintenance for $50 per month for up to 3 separate WordPress installations.
- We schedule the backups for you, sending them up to the cloud for secure storage
- Monthly will go in and update all of your plugins, themes and WordPress
- If something goes wrong, we will fix it!
When was the last time you updated WordPress on your web site? Let me know in the comments below.