WordPress powers 20% of the world’s websites because of their awesome benefits. This also means that people try to hack into it. New security updates as well as feature updates are released constantly. About two or three times a year WordPress will release a major update.
Upgrading is taking your vitamins; fixing a hack is open heart surgery.
(This is true of cost, as well.)
Matt Mullenweg, Co-Founder of WordPress
While your website will update itself within a couple weeks automatically, we recommend that we manually apply the update because about 40% of the time something like a plugin, theme or other coding will need to be updated to continue working normally. Automatically applied updates can cause something not to work. To prevent this and make sure your updates go smoothly, our clients can subscribe to our Automatic Managed WordPress Update service.
Here’s how the service works:
- A major WordPress release comes out.
- We schedule a date to update your website and notify you.
- We make a test copy of your site, apply the update, test, and update code if necessary.
- Once it’s ready, we copy it back to live and let you know your website is up to date.
- How often does a major WordPress release come out?
Historically, about 2 or 3 times a year.
- What about minor WordPress updates?
There are about 5-8 minor updates each year. We let the webhosting server auto-update minor updates because of the low-risk of it disturbing the site. This happens automatically as part of your hosting service.
- What if I don’t want your auto-managed service?
Like minor updates, any major WordPress updates would be applied by the server automatically with no human eyes on it. It may update just fine or something could break during the update. You or a website visitor would be the first to notice. You would notify us of any issue and we’d manually fix it.
- How much does it cost per update?
It generally takes 1 to 3 hours to update WordPress and test the website. In some cases, there may be incompatibilities that cause us to need to update extra things like plugins or even custom code. This could take more time.
This is an optional service, but highly recommended for those that want to facilitate a smooth, constantly updated website without worrying if an update will cause a feature to stop working. If you are interested in subscribing to this service, please send us an email or or call Steve at (574) 533-3800.