Here’s a question for all of you – when’s the last time you updated your content management system? Have you been paying attention to all the patches and major updates that have been released of late?
If your answer to that last question was no, then you should definitely start. A CMS is a great way to maintain a highly-dynamic blog or website, sure…but if you aren’t taking the necessary steps to maintain it, then it’s going to end up being a way bigger headache than it’s worth. Trust me on this.

Security

Without a doubt, the best argument in favor of regular updates is security. It seems like every other day we’re uncovering some new vulnerability that needs a hotfix or some new glitch that needs to be patched out. If you’re not staying abreast of the latest security patches for your CMS – and that includes your plugins, without a doubt – then you’ll have only yourself to blame if your website ends up compromised.

I’m not saying you need to download every major update for your CMS – just that you need to pay attention to the security fixes the developer releases, and make a point of downloading them.

Usability Concerns

It may not be as compelling a reason as keeping your blog safe, but in plenty of cases, a CMS update will include a number of quality-of-life changes to the platform. These minor modifications and small tweaks can potentially make the system considerably easier to use, in addition to sorting out a host of bugs which – while not necessarily security threats – can be a significant hindrance all the same. To be honest, it’s your call whether a bugfix is worth updating for, but it usually is.

Keeping Up With The Ever-Changing Web

One of the biggest challenges many businesses face with the modern web is the fact that it’s so fluid. What I mean by that is that it’s constantly changing. What catches the interest of an audience one day could be completely irrelevant the next; a new technology that seems like a hot up-and-comer one week might fade into obscurity just a few months down the line. It’s into this constantly-changing landscape that you’re thrusting your website – and more importantly, your content management system.
A regular update schedule is one way of dealing with the ever-shifting web – so be sure you apply those updates as necessary.

Access To Newer And Better Features

Major updates to a CMS generally include a host of awesome new features, many of which can make your life a great deal easier as a content creator. While you shouldn’t dive into an upgrade simply for the sake of it, it could be worthwhile to move to a new version if something comes along that adds value to your platform and improves your workflows. Again, that’s your call.

Your Plugins Are Eventually Going To Update, Too

You’re probably at least a little surprised to see an entry like this make the list – after all, one of the strongest arguments in favor of not updating is that it could completely bork your plugins. Thing is…your plugins have their own update schedule. You need to pay attention to that every bit as much as you need to pay attention to your CMS.

In Closing

There’s really nothing more to be said here. As a content creator and webmaster, it falls to you to ensure your CMS is working properly. A big part of that is making sure it’s up to date – in addition to being less functional, an outdated CMS can represent a whole host of security threats that you definitely don’t want associated with your website.

Crafting a beautiful website is important, and not as difficult as it may seem. Keep these guidelines in mind and you’ll be able to build the prettiest online platform possible.

Ask yourself what your website is doing for you and whether it’s aligned with your business needs and objectives. The GCInfotech professional web design team is here to help.

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