Why Should Update Your WordPress Site Regularly

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Earlier this week Security Firm Sucuri.net reported that Google has now blacklisted 11,000+ sites that have been infected with malware. The exploit, courtesy of SoakSoak.ru, target WordPress sites using the Revslider plugin, installing a JavaScript malware payload.

The good news for WordPress users is if you weren’t using this particular plugin, you have have nothing to worry about. Also, if you regularly run WordPress updates on your site, your safe even if you use Revslider. The patch to solve the problem has been around since about mid-September, and WordPress Development community rushed in to check their themes and plugin bundles for vulnerabilities.

My guess is for most part the site that are now getting Chrome’s “red screen of death”, would be fine if they just kept up-to-date with updates. WordPress installations can be a bit tedious to keep maintained, with minor update to the core system, themes and plugins happening sometimes daily, it can be a hassle to keep everything current.
My advice to site owners is pick some time during the week to have your site admin check for updates, and just make a routine of it. If you’re running themes and plugin right out of the box, with having you web developer/designer tinker it with it, updates will probably be fairly straightforward. If you’ve hot-rodded your site, or customized the look of a theme, check with the designer/developer to see if the updates will affect their work.

Keeping your site up to date, setting up a routine for regular maintenance, and using plugins from reputable vendors should keep your WordPress installation relatively safe from malware issues; and avoid the red screen of death.

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