When you see an update notification - PLEASE DO NOT UPDATE. These updates should be completed by a WordPress expert or advanced user - contact us or another WordPress expert for help. If not completed properly, updates can disable or break your website or cause loss of data. Also be sure to backup your website before any updates are performed.
If your website is not kept up-to-date you are susceptible to security complications & malicious attacks (aka viruses or hackers that can cause harm to your website).
Items that will require updating: WordPress Core, WordPress theme, plugins and other third party services. Some third party services might require payment to update.
Tabs to Avoid
These are areas within the wp-admin that should only be edited by an experienced WordPress user:
- WPEngine (staging area)
- Appearance >> themes, customize, editor
- Custom Fields
*If you are not confident in what you are editing, stop and ask for support from an experienced team member or WordPress developer. Errors can cause serious harm to your website.
What is a plugin?
“A plugin is a bit of software that can be uploaded to to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site.” Think of them as a mini app, for your website.
Plugins are a benefit of owning a WordPress website. They let us add complex features with little code or in a short amount of time. The downside to plugins are that they can add bloat, increase security risks and cause conflicts when not used properly. Some plugins are good and some are bad!
It is also important to know that plugins need updating along with the WordPress core to ensure compatibility. Many plugins are managed by a third-party owner. Reputable owners keep their plugins up-to-date. However as time passes, some plugin owners can abandon their work and a plugin will become stale and no longer compatible with the latest version of WordPress. If this happens, it will need to be replaced with an alternative solution.
Can I add more plugins?
We only recommend tested and reputable plugins. Be sure not to add unnecessary plugins to your website. Every plugin added can cause complex harm to your site. Talk to a WordPress developer before adding plugins to your site.
How to update plugins?
As with all WordPress updates, backup your site first. Some plugins require a simple 1-click update while others can cause complex harm or break your site. If you are familiar with a specific plugin you can update, only if needed. All updates should be performed by a WordPress developer.Request A WordPress Plugin(s) Update