WordPress released a new update this week. It's version 4.1.2, which is an important security release. Make sure you update your sites promptly if you don't have automatic updates enabled.
A security issue affecting numerous plugins was also identified, so don't be surprised if you see a lot of plugin update notifications come through this week. Make sure you run those updates as soon as you can, backing up your database, theme, and plugin files first.
If you use WordPress to run your blog, author website, or freelance writer website, it's important to stay on top of updates like these. This includes core updates like this one, plugin updates and theme updates. I know how tempting it can be to wait sometimes. But it's usually not a good idea, especially when it comes to security updates like many of those rolling out this week.
By staying on top of WordPress updates, you:
- get the latest features available;
- run a more secure WordPress site;
- get bug fixes to problems in previous versions.
If you haven't checked for updates recently, try to set aside some time for it today. It only takes a couple of minutes to back everything up and run updates. If you have a lot of sites to update and you want to speed things up, you can consider using ManageWP or InfiniteWP to manage your site updates from a single dashboard.
Do you usually stay on top of WordPress updates? Have you ever put them off and later regretted it due to a site hack or some other problem that developed? Share your thoughts in the comments.