While keeping all of your WordPress site Plugins updated to most newest versions is seen as a security measure against possible intrusions, a hacker threats protection, a way to keep website/blog current and too being recommended by WP itself, being an active user with more than a single Word-Press powered site has helped me learn many things through out among which are related to the plugin-update issues.
When I used to read the different stories of how the different WP content management system run sites kept crushing as a result of some plugins and other unknown reasons, I never thought of the same happening on my own site not until it did and imagine on this very site, The Konsult Hub. And since then, I came to know how its very vital to take into consideration some different factors before deciding on whether to update a plugin or not regardless of the way you do it whether automatically using an auto-update plugin or doing it manually by clicking the update version link.
When I updated one of my site plugins, my site immediately started misbehaving not only in back-end but too on the front-end giving unexpected errors on every attempted page load in addition to almost corruptiong my entire admin panel, something which I managed to get rid of by accessing my site via ftp. In fact, I discovered how important it is to keep a backup copy of your plugins directory and all individual plugins if possible since that can only be the way to help you get back on the road in case such happens and if you are one of those who are mouse-clicking happy whenever you see an update notification, below are some of the things you need to look into before you finally make a decision.
1. Visit the Plugin author page to check what the new update contains. You should note that not all updates affect all sites since many sites run on different servers which may support the update or not. You can access the plugins changelog by visiting the update-link on the same plugin in your WP Admin plugins page or a direct author and develper link.
2. Check out the Plugin author or developer forum, help or support site and see what others are posting about the recent update. This helps you to discover the most likely problems associated for example an invalidity, a bug and any other.
3. Take your time before updating to the current version of your WP-Plugin. This helps you to stay secure if you avoid being click-happy immediately the version is just released. In many cases, some problems are fixed during the very first hours of the plugin-update release and which means that you are secure when finally you decide to update.
4. Read the plugin specifications well and clear before you update. Your current WordPress core version may be left out in the new update and which means that any attempt may be harmful to your site.
Please note that the above are not all, but you can as well find others basing on your own experience and too on what others out there share on the same.
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