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Should I update my Wordpress site


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#1 LEG90

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:49 PM

I'm a volunteer with Learning Life, an educational non-profit. Our Wordpress site (letlearninglive.org) hasn't been updated to the latest version and our current version is 3.2.8. I'm not sure if the widgets installed in the site's sidebar are being affected by this as they don't display the content on the site. So far the widgets that are not working are twitter timelines, search bar, and comment boxes, all of which did, however, work on a mock-up Wordpress site we created, which presumably had a more recent version of Wordpress.

 

If we do indeed need to update to the latest Wordpress version, will we need to edit some of our pages to accommodate the latest version.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 03:57 PM

If you moved your site from an newer version of Wordpress to an order version it may break some of the functionality.  The widgets or plugins may need features that are in the newer Wordpress.  You should upgrade your Wordpress to the latest version.  It is also good to keep Wordpress updated to the latest version to make sure it has the latest security patches.  Always backup before performing an upgrade.



#3 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 07:27 PM

I go with Neil. There have been some well publicised security failings with older versions of Wordpress over the last 12 months or so and almost all web-site hosters have been encouraging their users to move to the latest version.

 

Yes, it's a pain having to re-build a perfectly functional web-site but it is worth it for the security benefits. You will not be happy if your web-site gets knocked over in a DoS attack and your users will not be happy if they find your site distributing malware - and both risks are real.

 

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 08:18 PM

 

and both risks are real.

+1 Chris.

 

Also they could mean the death of your site, I was Mod on a site a few years ago, That was being dosed everyday for over 6 week's (  we upset somebody :notme:  )  It was so bad GoDaddy asked us to find another host, We did set everything up, Dosing started again, We were asked to yes, find another host, This went on for about 6 to 8 weeks, A site with 10,000 members with some 400 Vip members who paid to be Vip members a site with some 7 to 900 visits a day, Quickly went to 12 odd visits a day mainly from the Admin and mods and a few Vip members, We ended up shutting up shop because in the end we couldn't even meet server costs, No donations to the site no sales of special tools coded by us, No point wasting money.


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Posted 25 June 2014 - 06:20 PM

Fiddlesticks - or some similar expression !

 

I have just realised I am going to have to take a dose of my own medicine. The software I use to build a couple of web-sites I run for clubs I am involved with has recently been updated. Two web-site re-builds coming up !

 

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