From time to time your WordPress website will need to have software updates installed in much the same way as your computer needs updates in order for it to work at it’s best.
There are two types of WordPress update:
- Updates to the “core” WordPress software (like upgrading the version of Microsoft Windows or MacOS on your computer)
- Updates to WordPress plugins (like updates to your printer drivers or other software that works in conjunction with Microsoft Windows)
WordPress plugin updates are released on a monthly basis, or as an when major security issues are found to exist in WordPress plugins. These updates are the most frequently released type of update for WordPress .
The other type of updates are WordPress core updates, this is the same as updating your computer from one version of Microsoft Windows (or Mac OS) to the next) – these are released less frequently and come in two forms, feature updates and security updated.
- Feature upgrades are totally optional and we will let you know (via email) as and when these are available and offer to install them for you.
- Security upgrades are required under the terms of your website hosting agreement, we will contact you when these are required giving you notice that the upgrade needs to be applied, you can do this yourself or we can take care of the upgrade for you (this is a chargeable service).
You can of course upgrade WordPress yourself by visiting the Updates section via your WordPress dashboard – just go to Dashboard > Updates and you’ll see a list of updates that are waiting to install. You can usually install these quickly and easily by following the on-screen instructions and they require little technical knowledge to install.
If you would like more information on how we keep your WordPress site up to date and secure drop us a line.
Switching off WordPress update reminder emails
If you’d like to switch off WordPress update reminder emails please raise a support request (either via Client Connect or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll arrange for reminder emails to be switched off for your account. Please note that this will disable reminders for all of your services with O’Brien Media Ltd.