Many people think that updating and backing up their blog is very hard and it might break their site. Or at least that’s what a lot of my clients tell me when I ask them why they don’t update their plugins. This is also one of the reasons a lot of bloggers avoid WordPress, even though it’s the best blogging platform, and create a blog on Squarespace.
I hope that today’s post will convince you that it’s important to backup and upgrade WordPress.
Why you should update WordPress, plugins, and themes
You might be surprised by this, but WordPress developers don’t make upgrades just so they can break your site. In fact, upgrades are released for these reasons:
- to add or improve features
- to fix bugs
- to add security features
You might be satisfied with your theme or plugins and don’t want any new features. I get that, though you shouldn’t ignore security updates or bug fixes. This is how hackers get into your site.
There are so many articles out there about sites that were hacked. Hackers might install malicious software on your website and your host might close it. It can be even worse, they might steal it or erase everything. By not updating WordPress, you are leaving the door open for them.
If you notice that a new WordPress version is available, you should update your plugins and themes before actually updating WordPress. This way your plugins won’t break your site.
Why you should backup your site
If your site gets hacked, or maybe you accidentally delete it, you should have a backup. I know most people think that backups are just for WordPress, but you should do it even if you are on Blogger or Squarespace. Just use the export function and save your file.
I didn’t really care about backups until my hard drive broke and I lost everything. Not only did I lose all my photos, I also lost the files I was using for my clients and for my products. Fortunately, I did have some files saved somewhere else, but I had to redo a lot of things.
Because of that, I am always backing up everything. My host has a backup function that I use, but I also use a plugin that saves my files automatically. They are saved on my Dropbox and I don’t have to worry about losing all my work.
Since you are on WordPress, you have to download and install a plugin for this. I recommend using a backup plugin that saves your files on a cloud storage system, like Dropbox. This way you won’t lose them if something happens to your site’s host or to your computer.
There are many options out there and you might need to test a few of them before you find out which one is right for you.
I’ve been using UpdraftPlus for half a year and I like it a lot. I set it up, connected it to Dropbox, and it saves my files every week. You might even want to schedule daily backups if you have a very active business website. I tried other plugins, but I didn’t like them as much.
I know updating and backing up your files might seem hard, but it’s better that losing all your hard work. And if you really don’t want to do this yourself, you can always hire an expert to do it for you.
Is your WordPress site up to date and do you have a backup system in place?