Have you updated your WordPress website yet? If not you need to do it now.
Last week a new version was launched – we’re now on WordPress 3.5.2 – and it’s a maintenance and security release. This version is plugging seven security holes that exist in all previous versions of WordPress, so this is not an update you can ignore.[caption id="attachment_543" align="alignright" width="405"] WordPress logo[/caption]
It’s also making other security improvements to keep ahead of the hackers who like to try and take over your WordPress website, bring it down or the other things hackers do.
Why do I have to update WordPress?
Here at Moghill Towers we’re often going on about how if you have WordPress you must keep its software up to date – not just the core WordPress software but also any plug-ins you are using for extra things like forms or online shops.
Why? Because of the sheer number of business websites we see who are using out of date (and therefore vulnerable) versions of WordPress. Not just WordPress but another piece of free software that is often left to go out of date and become vulnerable: Joomla.
And why is this happening? It’s usually not the fault of the business concerned, more that the business has been badly advised by whoever built their website.
Some website companies are happy to just sell businesses a website on a free software platform like WordPress without warning them that it needs to be maintained. Some web designers don’t even realise that updates are necessary.
But that’s like buying a car you never have to service: It would be a nice idea but it doesn’t really happen in the real world.
WordPress in particular is the most popular software for building websites in the world. It’s free at the point of use, can be extended to do whatever you want it to and made to look however you want it to.
We make no secret that we love WordPress and what it can do. We even like its cousin Joomla, too, which is also free but not as versatile.
But with that popularity means it’s attractive to hackers, and that means you must keep it up to date. Only in April there was a massive automated attack on WordPress websites around the world. If you were clued up on your security you were okay, but many sites fell victim.
The end result of not updating WordPress is your company website gets hacked, and if even if the reputation of your business is not damaged, you have to spend a lot of time restoring what you had, or re-building it completely.
And don’t think it doesn’t happen – in the last few weeks alone we have helped a couple of companies update and secure vulnerable web software that had been hacked.
That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to spread the word and raise awareness of the problem.
Let us help with Your WordPress site
We keep the website software of all our customers up to date – WordPress and plug ins in particular – as part of our managed hosting package. Our sites were updated to WordPress 3.5.2 this morning.
We also offer a service where we can bring your WordPress software up to date for you if you don’t host your site with us – and we can also update Joomla websites to the latest version.
If you need help with updating your WordPress site then contact us for a chat.