Some quick tips on updating / maintaining your WordPress website.
You should batch things in your business like email all at once at say 2 spots in a day OR like doing your bills once per month. Batching saves lots of time.
One task to include in your weekly batch is to update your WordPress website software. You do that by simply logging in, clicking the updates link and then just confirm and apply the updates. All of them.
Once you do updates, just spend a casual minute looking around your site to ensure things look ok. Be sure to fill out your call to action form, and your opt-in form.
If you use your work or personal email address to test your opt-in form (I use AWeber for this) and you’re already on your own list, you should get a message saying, “you’re already subscribed” and that’s confirmation enough that systems are working fine.
Do this updating weekly or at least every other week. Monthly is ok, but you do start to add a tiny risk of hackers who take advantaged of loop-holes in dated software.
If you’re already blogging each week religiously, do the updates when you post. For me it’s a good “bad habit”.
Again, it’s best to batch this into some pile of tiny, must-do admin tasks. Bonus points if you have a VA on hand (even if it’s just for a few hours a month as you learn to delegate) and they are handling the small but vital steps.
Keeping your site current and running with the latest updates will keep things running smoothly and protect you from viruses and hackers. Yep, an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure.