The importance of WordPress maintenance can easily be summed up in a few words: WordPress is software; software is vulnerable.
Websites are no longer a “set and forget” part of a business. As technology evolves, website software is constantly being updated to make it more secure, faster and more visible to search engines. Just like Microsoft Office and your smartphone, software needs updating, so too does your website. More importantly though, your website is a crucial part of your business and therefore requires extra care to make sure it continues to perform.
WordPress releases updates roughly every 2-3 months. Most are considered minor updates but during the course of a year you can expect to see at least 2 major updates and it’s not uncommon to see a series of follow up updates after each major update. Minor updates are typically bugs fixes and code tweaks to plug security holes. Major updates tend to introduce new features and added functionality.
A WordPress website is a symbiotic relationship and consists of three elements :-
- the core WordPress structure and file set,
- the theme; a set of files that provide the look and feel of your design and
- plugins; add-on elements that provide all kinds of extra functionality.
When the core files are updates there is often a waterfall effect because the code in themes and plugins can often rely on the core, so a small change in the core will often lead to a series of updates being needed for the theme and any plugins.
Caring for or maintaining a website is a lot like caring for or maintaining your car. It’s a lot less expensive and less time consuming to have a professional to look after it on a regular basis than to take it to your garage mechanics when something goes really wrong. So rather than paying a huge sum of money when your website goes down, you can have it looked after on a regular basis for a lot less. You leave it up to the experts, who do the heavy lifting, while you can focus on what really matters.