If your website is built on WordPress it may be time to upgrade to the latest version.
The WordPress users among you may have noticed a new version of WordPress has recently been released. WordPress 3.7 (code named Basie) is now available for all self hosted WordPress users to download and install.
There are frequent updates to WordPress which tend to be small incremental changes. However this is a much bigger deal, mostly because of the added security protection this update provides for your website.
Updates while you sleep: With WordPress 3.7, you don’t have to lift a finger to apply maintenance and security updates. Most sites are now able to automatically apply these updates in the background. The update process also has been made even more reliable and secure, with dozens of new checks and safeguards.
Stronger password recommendations: Your password is your site’s first line of defence. It’s best to create passwords that are complex, long, and unique. To that end, our password meter has been updated in WordPress 3.7 to recognise common mistakes that can weaken your password: dates, names, keyboard patterns (123456789), and even pop culture references.
Unsure as to whether to update your site?
Read this blog post from security expert Graham Cluley who suggests it might be a pretty good idea.
As with all major WordPress updates it pays to have a web developer manage the upgrade process for you. If you choose to go it alone make sure you back-up your entire site and database before getting started. You want an easy re-install path if things go wrong.
Once you have updated your version of WordPress make sure you also update your site’s plugins to the latest versions too. Your plugins can often be a source of security vulnerability and are often where things start to come unstuck.