Already have a WordPress website and looking for a new theme or for someone to take over the maintenance?
As one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) in the world today, WordPress has found it’s way into many businesses. Just like any other piece of software WordPress needs constant maintenance to keep things running smoothly.
WordPress is out-of-date
I frequently inherit existing WordPress installs and see recurring problems with them. Predominantly WordPress and plug-in versions are out-of-date which is a risk in terms of security, increasing the chances of an installation becoming hacked. Other issues with existing WordPress websites are that the template used is quite often not responsive and therefore not mobile friendly.
A compromised website not only loses you trust from your potential clients but you’ll also get penalised by Google in the search engine results with a warning “This site may be hacked”. Severely out-of-date plug-ins make the update process much harder, with many requiring a special manual upgrade rather than the more convenient one-click update process.
Many website owners don’t realise the importance of keeping up-to-date with WordPress and plug-ins and the process of updating frequently gets lost over more important business tasks.
How to tell if WordPress is out-of-date?
The quickest way of telling if your version of WordPress is out-of-date is visually. Log into the WordPress dashboard and if your version looks like the image on the left below, then it is most definitely an old version. If however your version looks like the image on the right, you need to check the version number shown on the dashboard. If that isn’t evident then in your browser selecting “View Source” will show you the HTML source code of the WordPress, look for a meta tag near the top which should state your version number.
How to tell if plug-ins are out-of-date?
Simply navigate to plug-ins in the WordPress dashboard and it will show you a list of installed plug-ins and if each one has an update available.
How do you update WordPress?
My process for updating a WordPress install is as follows:
- Add my WordPress backup plug-in to your install. this will allow me to take a copy of the WordPress database and files.
- Download this backup and install on a local (running on my computer) web server. As I am now running WordPress locally, I am not hindered by things like slow network connections or limited server resources.
- Check plug-ins for any advanced or manual upgrade steps.
- Update WordPress core to the latest version, then update each plug-in to their respective versions.
- Check everything runs ok
- Upload the new version to your web hosting and import the new database.
- Check everything runs ok