Does your website run on WordPress? It’s quite possible that it does* – in which case, don’t ignore this blog post!
A recent update to the WordPress software (to v4.9.4) is NOT A TYPICAL UPDATE – PLEASE BEWARE!
The previous update (to v4.9.3) actually disabled WordPress’s automatic update functionality, so this new update has to (in most cases) be manually applied. If you rely on WordPress automatically updating then you may come unstuck. – what you’re going to have to do is go into your WP Dashboard and check to see if your WordPress software has automatically updated, and if it hasn’t then you will need to update it manually – once you’ve done this your website will return to its regular update capability.
“Why bother?” I hear you ask.
- Having out of date software is the number one cause for websites being hacked.
- If your website is hacked then it may not work as it should do, or worse may not work at all.
- If your website is hacked then your customer’s data may be compromised (read – BIG problem).
- If your website is hacked then your host may take your website offline completely.
- If your website is hacked then Google and other search engines may blacklist your domain.
- And so on….
If your website’s update process is handled by your host or your fabulous web designer like me, *ahem*, then they will be taking care of this issue – no need to try to address it yourself.
If you are one of my clients, your hosting is with me, and I take case of your software updates under one of my website maintenance plans then please do not worry – I have it covered!
*there’s a 25% chance it does, as WordPress is used for approx a quarter of all websites on the web.