If you have a WordPress site, you may have gotten a notification from your website or your hosting company when there’s an update available for WordPress. Many people ignore these update notifications. Here’s why you shouldn’t.
Major Release Schedule
Order of Operations
After you have backed up your site, you may find that you have several different updates the need to be applied – WordPress, Plugins and Themes. What I have found to be the best order for updating is this:
- Plugins – updating plugins first allows for any updates that may have been released to accomodate changes or updates in WordPress core. If you update core first, you may end up with broken plugins and other issues
- Themes – I update themes next for a similar reason as plugins. But, as I may have (definitely) mentioned in other posts, you shouldn’t have too many themes installed on your site. Basically only your active theme, and it’s Parent Theme, if applicable, and maybe a Twenty-something theme as an emergency backup. It’s still important to keep themes updated, even if you’re not actively using them, because the code is still there on the server to be potentially vulnerable.
- WordPress – yup, can’t forget this. After everything else is all snug and updated, time to update WordPress. Keep it up to date to keep your website healthier.