Updating this site
Major updates (the ones where the second or first number in the Word Press version changes) often introduce new features and functionalities that have not yet been shared with a larger audience.
As a consequence, this makes them more likely to contain bugs or conflict with existing plugins.
If you can, wait for the follow-ups with the additional bugfixes.
Of course, when it comes to security updates, you should try to install those as quickly as possible.
It should be common practice by now, but it bears repeating: Do not edit theme or core files directly.
Changes to these files will be overwritten upon update, making your customizations obsolete. By default, every site running Word Press has automatic updates enabled for minor core releases and translation files.
In this article, we will take a look at the Word Press update process in detail.
We will address why you should stay up to date, the best practices for making the process as smooth as possible as well as what to do before, during, and after upgrading to a new Word Press version.
Build yourself a sandbox environment where things can go wrong without immediate negative consequences for your traffic.
For hackers, not updating to the latest version translates into a large amount of websites they can try to gain access to in order to inject malicious software or cause other kind of distress.
Making sure your website is running on the latest version of Word Press is a good way of reducing the risk of being hacked.
Keeping your site updated with the newest version will give you the latest and greatest that Word Press has to offer. Unforeseen hiccups, compatibility issues with plugins, and other unfortunate consequences are not unheard of.
More than a few users have had their site break, experienced downtime, or lost data due to problems with the update process.