Why update WordPress?

WordPress is constantly being developed to add new feature and improve security.  To get these new features, you need to update WordPress.  Additionally, WordPress theme and plugins are being improved by their developers and need to be updated.  Fortunately, WordPress can be updated easily for your HVAC and window washing business website.

How to update WordPress

WordPress has an update area that makes it easy to update things. From this area, you can update WordPress itself along with any plugins or themes. You simply check what you want to update and then click a button. It is a good idea to make a backup first. A few seconds later, WordPress will tell you the updates are complete.

Sometimes, upgrades are automatic. Security updates to WordPress are done automatically to make sure security issues with WordPress are fixed promptly.

Some website hosting companies will update WordPress automatically as part of their hosting plan.

Recommended schedule

The easiest schedule to update WordPress, plugins and themes are when the WordPress interface tells you there are updates available.  But I would recommend a slightly more cautious approach.  I would suggest waiting a day or two after an update comes out before upgrading.  This allows other people to use the updates first and report back to the developer if there are any issues.  Typically, the developer will fix the issue and release another update quickly.

This cautious approach is definitely prudent when a major version update to WordPress itself is released.  Although new versions of WordPress are tested a lot, there are lots of interaction between WordPress, plugins and themes so a little patience goes a long way.

Summary about updating WordPress

WordPress is easy to update and provides new features and security improvements in each upgrade. WordPress plugins and themes also need to be kept current and updated for your HVAC and window washing business website.

Need website hosting?

WP Engine is a great WordPress-managed website hosting company for the following reasons:

  • WP Engine take care of all the installation and upgrading of WordPress.
  • WP Engine automatically backup WordPress daily.
  • WP Engine provide security and performance optimization for your website.