Frankly, as some of you read this you might be wondering why we didn’t post this article last October. Well, last October the blog was chock full of great content on how to speed up your website, how to install Minecraft on a VPS, how to troubleshoot RAM usage, our free RAM upgrade and much more.
A simple message on updating your WordPress software didn’t seem to warrant a blog post. But it turns out that a lot of WordPress users still have not updated their software to 3.7 (and now to 3.8). Here’s why you should.
We’ve talked before about the importance of keeping your server software up to date as an essential part of server/software security. Software updates frequently deal with vulnerabilities and bugs that let those with less than honorable intentions break into your server. This is true of all software, but with WordPress being one of the most popular CMSes out there, keeping your software up to date is extra important. The more widespread the software, the larger the incentive for bad actors to find an exploit.
Still, let’s be honest. Updating your server software is something you might not think about first thing every morning — even if you should. And depending on the software, updating can be a bit of a hassle.
Well, something pretty cool happened last October that will affect every WordPress users out there and make updating your server software a lot easier.
Starting with version 3.7 (3.8 is actually already out now), WordPress has added an automatic update feature. It will only update your minor software version (for maintenance and security updates), so 3.8 to 3.8.1 when it comes out and to 3.8.2 when that comes out later. Major version updates — 3.8 to 3.9 for example — will still require human intervention. Still, for those of you using WordPress, automatic updates should make things easier and help keep you secure. It’s a real win-win. Log in to your WordPress dashboard and upgrade to the latest version of WordPress today!