WordPress Infographic - Why Should I Patch WordPress

WordPress Infographic – Why Should I Patch WordPress

So do you own a WordPress website, and have you ever updated it? There are also sorts of good reason to do this – get the latest functionality, improved performance, integration of mobility into the theme and a more secure website. So we decided to create a WordPress Infographic give you the lowdown on WordPress releases.

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What we have found over the years many website owners have a website build and never update any of the plugins or the core software, and take the approach of set and forget. WordPress is a bit like your computer - there are regular updates released, that you should really apply otherwise you could be leaving the front door open to hackers.

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Over 8 WordPress Updated Per Year on Average

WordPress 0.7 was released back in 2003 and there were 4 updates made available and on average there has been over 8 updates released per year. This year there has been 23 updates made available for a variety of WordPress versions start at 3.7.6.

The number of WordPress updates since WordPress was 1st released is 124 and growing every month. https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Versions

Number of WordPress Vulnerabilities

According to https://wpvulndb.com/ there are a heap of Vulnerabilities with WordPress which can be easily fixed by updated your WordPress version. Now this is not a negative comment about WordPress – it’s just a reality that occur. It happens with Mac, Windows and even Linux as software grows in popularity and security holes are identified hackers swap to it like bees to a honey pot.


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Number of Website Using WordPress

Which brings us to how popular is WordPress according to w3techs WordPress is the most popular CMS on the planet having 23.9% of market share of all the website in the world. Which is astounding for a product that was born back in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg as his blogging platform of choice b2 aka cafelog was no logger receiving updates. As b2 was GPL, Matt was able to integrate all the existing cool features into creating WordPress. Obviously this is the condensed for the full story check out http://www.wpexplorer.com/history-wordpress/

The graph below shows the number of WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento as of the May – this is an ever changing number. It gives you some sort of an idea on those who are using legacy versions of WordPress.

Sourcec: http://w3techs.com/technologies/details/cm-wordpress/all/all


So which version of WordPress are you using? Have you ever updated it? All too often website owners build their website and never do any marketing and never apply updates. WordPress is an awesome blogging platform and is fantastic to build small business websites. But like any software it needs a little TLC(Tender love and care) otherwise one day some hacker will deface your site or install some malicious code.