Most people are aware that you have to keep your site software updated to keep it secure.
Clicking the update button whenever you are updating your site (hopefully at least weekly) will go a long way to keeping your site safe. Unfortunately, there’s a lot more to it than just keeping your site up to date. Here are a few things to consider:
When was the last time the developer of your theme or plugins updated their software?
Theme and plugin developers bundle in libraries of code from elsewhere. Suppose your theme developer isn’t vigilant in updating their source-code. Any holes in the libraries/code/theme are also on your website, ready for bots to take advantage.
It’s a good idea to monitor how frequently your theme and plugins are updated and make sure your code isn’t getting stale.
WP-Ensure takes care of that for you. We actively monitor all of our customer sites and follow industry news for emerging threats to sites/libraries/themes/plugins and, of course, the WordPress core itself.
Have you ever run into incompatibility problems?
Sometimes updates don’t work the way they are supposed to. Most of the time, you’ll be fine, but the more complex your site is, the more trouble you might have.
PHP updates on the server can break older plugins. WordPress core incompatibilities with plugins can sometimes cause the whole site to go down. Sometimes the order of how you update the plugins makes a difference. For example, the WPML plugin can be a bit touchy about which parts you update first.
We monitor your site constantly and have backups to fall back on should the need arise. These redundancies ensure that if (and when) something doesn’t update the way it should, we can fix it. We also have decades of experience in WordPress and can fix common issues quickly and usually before anyone even sees them.