Last time, we looked at how to choose the best plugins for your WordPress site.
This time, we’ll look at maintaining WordPress plugins, including why plugins need maintenance and how to decide when to retire an old plugin.
Keeping Your Plugins Updated
Like any software, plugins need updates. Updates might include bug fixes, but more often they’re necessary to ensure compatibility with the latest version of WordPress.
Check for updates weekly at a minimum.
Write it in your diary or as a recurring reminder on your cell phone. Write it on your hand if you must. Just make sure you do it.
Why the paranoia about updates?
Well, say WordPress releases an update. By its nature, an update means some code has changed. Plugin developers and theme builders may need to tweak their code to match the new WordPress code.
If they don’t, this opens potential weak spots in the code… a way for hackers to bypass your website’s security protection.
Here’s how you check for updates. Log into your website as an administrator. Look for the “Update” icon in the Admin bar.
Click on the icon. It takes you through to an update page.
Select the plugins you want to update (normally “Select All”), click on the “Update Plugins” button, and the plugins update. Easy!
Checking Your Existing Plugins
Last time, I spoke about deciding which plugins to use based on these criteria:
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