Should you enable auto-updates on your WordPress plugins?

Have you ever seen that little notification pop up in WordPress, telling you that there’s a new update available for one of your plugins or your theme? It can be tempting to just hit the “Update Now” button and forget about it, and even more tempting to switch on ‘enable auto updates’ so you don’t have to think about it in the future.  But here’s the thing: auto updates aren’t always the best idea!

First of all, not all updates are created equal. While some updates may just include bug fixes and minor improvements, others can be major releases that introduce new features or even change the way the plugin works. If you have auto updates enabled, you won’t have the chance to test out these updates before they’re applied to your site. This means that if something goes wrong, you won’t know until it’s too late.

Secondly, auto updates can cause conflicts between plugins. Plugins are essentially pieces of software that work together to make your website function properly. When one plugin is updated, it can affect how other plugins work. If you have auto updates enabled, you run the risk of these conflicts occurring without your knowledge.

Finally, if an update does cause an issue on your site, rolling back to a previous version can be difficult or even impossible. This can lead to downtime for your site, lost traffic, and a whole lot of stress.  We include regular backups in all our Care Plans so we can restore your website if something disastrous happens.

So, what’s the solution? At Glendrian Creative, we believe that the best approach is to have an experienced team handle your website maintenance.

Because we manage a lot of sites and liaise with other specialists in the world of web design, we find out early which updates might be tricky.  We’ll carefully test each update to make sure it doesn’t cause any issues, and only then will we apply it to your live site. This means you’ll never have to worry about your site going down due to a bad update.

You can focus on running your business, and we’ll take care of the rest. Plus, if anything does go wrong, we’re just a phone call or email away.

Don’t let auto-updates be the downfall of your website. We offer Care Plans starting at £25/month – contact us today to learn more about our website maintenance services and how we can keep your site safe, secure, and up-to-date.

Your website will thank you for it.

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