Updating your WordPress Site

Keeping your WordPress website updated is key for site security and stability. Out of date plugins, themes, and even the WordPress core, can contain exploitable vulnerabilities. A site’s features (like forms or image galleries), if not updated, can experience problems, and the look of your site can be affected by an out of date theme. All the components of a WordPress website work best together when fully updated. And the longer a site goes without updates, the more difficult updating the site can be. By the same token, a mistake by a plugin or theme developer can cause a problem with a site, so monitoring your site is important. You will see any changes first, and can take the steps to correct them. Okay, so how do you update a site? It’s really pretty simple. First, backup your site! If you aren’t backing up your site on a regular basis, then you need to start! Once you are logged into the WordPress dashboard (usually at your site URL with “/wp-admin” added to the end of it.) you will see a list of items on the left side of your browser window. Hover over Dashboard at the top, and click Updates. […]

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