You’ve built your website using a content management system such as WordPress. It’s running great. And now you’re thinking about just letting it run. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
When a site is unattended and updates are not performed, vulnerabilities go unfixed, making the site susceptible to hacking.
- Hackers can lock out legitimate users by changing user info
- Hackers can completely take down a site and replace it
- Hackers can make the site appear OK while unknowing visitors click on malicious links
And if that weren’t bad enough, sites that are hacked can lose all their search engine rankings and can be blacklisted by Google or others.
But wait, there’s more.
Your webhost could update server modules, scripts and languages. For example, in January of this year, many hosts forced customers to update their sites to utilize the latest version of the programming language PHP. A site that isn’t up-to-date could be incompatible with those hosting changes and cease to function properly.
Even if you haven’t been hacked, at some point, you will have to update. If your site goes un-updated for several versions of WordPress, bringing it back up to date becomes more difficult and time consuming.