One of the top reasons websites get hacked is because of vulnerabilities that arise due to an out of date website framework or plugin. WordPress is one of the best and most secure website development platforms, continually releasing updates to stay on top of threats and vulnerabilities. It is important that the updates are applied when they become available1.
Websites use plugins for additional functionality. With over 50,000 plugins in the WordPress Repository, there are plenty to choose from, however, over time some of these plugins are discarded by their authors and are no longer updated. Occasionally vulnerabilities are discovered for these plugins, which can be exploited and gain access to the host website.
Plugins should be updated as soon as new versions are released.2.
- *All updates are tested prior to being applied.
- 1Forced updates by hosting providers are outside the remit of all our maintenance packages. Hosting Providers may force updates to secure their servers, and these updates can force out of date sites off-line.
- 2Additional costs may be incurred if the updates for premium plugins or themes have to be purchased.