Login to your WordPress dashboard and check for notifications of all updates required to keep your website running smoothly and more securely. This should be performed at least once a week.
Your core WordPress installation needs to be updated whenever WordPress releases a new version. The new version normally consist of security patches and new enhancements and is vital to the trouble free running of your website. Our WordPress Maintenance Package covers this.
Jeztechs Web Studio now uses Elementor Pro to help build your website, the theme we use is very lightweight and is especially made your Elementor (owned by them), this makes the theme far less needy for constant updates. Other heavy themes will need future updates more often which you are generally notified if you purchased a premium theme. Missing out on constant theme updates can very often break your site when WordPress gets updated, the result is catastrophic if you then update the site with the latest theme version while missing out on previous updates. This is one area that we spend an increasing amount of time putting the site back together again. Our WordPress Maintenance Package covers this.
WordPress needs certain plugins to add functionality to your website. This is the one area that you need to keep your eye out and generally update when the new versions are released. We minimize plugins and use only top rated ones that are constantly updated and maintained by their developers. In some cases you will need to read the latest developer logs to see what has been changed before deciding to update the plugin within your WordPress back end. All our maintained sites are cloned and tested before updating the main Website.
While having to update WordPress, plugins and the theme when necessary, there is still a chance one of the updates can conflict with the 1000’s of code snippets each one uses…the site breaks and we need to find the culprit, another time consuming process. We first clone the site, take page snapshots and add all the updates to the cloned site to make sure nothing is broken. Once checked we then update the main website.
It goes without saying that you should backup your WordPress site files either daily or at least once a week. If the very worst happens and your site becomes the victim of a cyber attack you can at least roll the site back to a clean backup. Your host provider should also have tools setup to create regular backups. Our WordPress Maintenance Package covers this.