The aesthetics, functions and sensitivity of websites are changing all the time. This may sound like a platitude, but it’s true. That’s why new versions of content management systems are being released on a regular basis. And it’s also why you should be updating your system when the time comes!
Whether you use WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal or TYPO3: the technical requirements for these CMS systems are growing all the time. That’s why developers are constantly working on new updates to improve functions and performance, close security gaps and provide users with new options.
Old = unsafe. It’s as easy as that.
Anybody still using an obsolete version of their CMS is treading on thin ice. After a certain point, no more security patches are developed for old versions. The page may be slower to load as a result. But – much more importantly – there are also security-related risks: if gaps are not closed, you can be caught with your trousers down, so to speak. For example, your page might be buried in the Google search results, preventing you from being found at all. And if you’re really unlucky, your website might wither and die on the vine altogether. The server could give up the ghost as well, which would only compound your misery. So if the service light is winking at you and the message ‘update available’ appears in the dashboard, don’t hesitate to react!
Open source pixies at work…
Open source programs are often used for CMS systems in particular. This has several major advantages (though the same is also true for hackers): the source code is open, enabling talented people to check the program for security gaps and make improvements where necessary. Of course, this openness allows the more wicked among us to infiltrate malicious codes or malware into the program. Thankfully, many developers are on hand to combat this and work feverishly to develop new, safer versions. But these versions only benefit you if you actually use them. The moral here is to update your system as soon as the option becomes available. If you skip a couple of versions, you may have to invest rather a lot of time in getting your website back on track again. You’ll also benefit from new features by downloading updates. Many of these features make it easier to use the CMS. It’s hard to believe that people would deliberately choose not to make things easier for themselves…
And on a side note, it’s not just the CMS that you should stay on top of – updates are regularly released for plug-ins too, and the same applies for them!
It’s really a no-brainer to update your CMS and plug-ins. And to keep doing so in the future when each new update is released. To do otherwise is just careless and short-sighted, especially if we’re talking about customer websites instead of your own personal one!