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Out-of-Date Plugins Can Leave Your Site Vulnerable

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By Encode

Keeping your WordPress site up-to-date is critical for its security and functionality. Outdated plugins, themes, and WordPress core software can introduce vulnerabilities that malicious actors can exploit, putting your website and your visitors’ data at risk.

Here at Encode, we offer three solutions to help you manage automatic updates for your WordPress site:

1. WordPress Automatic Updates (with Safe Update Check):

WordPress offers built-in options for automatic updates. However, we recommend enabling automatic updates with a safe check before applying them. This involves testing the updates on a staging environment or a development copy of your website to ensure compatibility and avoid unexpected issues on your live site. You will receive email notifications from WordPress after updates are applied.

2. cPanel WordPress Toolkit:

All our shared hosting plans come with cPanel, which provides a WordPress Toolkit for managing your WordPress site. This toolkit allows you to:

  • Automatically test updates for themes, plugins, languages, and WordPress itself.
  • Perform the updates in a safe environment without affecting your live website.
  • Schedule automatic updates for peace of mind.

Using cPanel’s WordPress Toolkit ensures your updates are tested and less likely to cause problems on your live site.

3. WordPress Maintenance Plans:

Looking for a hands-off solution? Our WordPress maintenance plans take care of software updates for you. We offer:

  • Automatic updates with thorough testing to ensure compatibility and functionality.
  • Monthly sanity checks by our experienced support team to monitor your website’s health and performance.
  • Detailed monthly reports summarising updates, security checks, and any actions taken.

By choosing a maintenance plan, you can rest assured that your WordPress site is always up-to-date and secure, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your online presence.

No matter which option you choose, keeping your WordPress software up-to-date is crucial for maintaining a secure and smooth-running website. If you have any questions or require further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team.

Yours,
Neil Batchelor.

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