The Purpose of Updates

I’m often asked, “Do I need the updates on my WordPress platform, plugins, and
theme
?” The answer is an emphatic “Yes!“, and it’s because updates do the following:

  • Increase security
  • Fix bugs
  • Add features and functionality

Web apps like WordPress are software, so we need to update them just like we update our operating systems (Windows or Mac OS), applications, smartphone apps, etc.

Let’s take a closer look at why.

Updates to the WordPress core, plugins, and themes increase security by patching  any vulnerabilities and strengthening against attacks. To reduce the risk of your site being hacked or compromised in some other way, we have to update.

Plugin Developers and Theme Designers then adjust their plugins and themes so that these plugins and themes are compatible with the WordPress update.

99% of the time everything runs smoothly.

The Event Calendar

In this latest WordPress update, the 1% reared its ugly head in the form of the  Event Calendar ‘breaking’. Naturally the developer is working overtime to get this fixed and, if all goes well, we can have that plugin working by the end of January.

How to Promote without the Calendar

In the meantime, if you have an important event to promote, I suggest creating a category called ‘Important Dates’ or something similar – as long as it’s not the same category as you had in your plugin previously – give this new category a completely NEW name.

Then you can write a post about an event, set it to the new category and drag a Featured Post widget to your sidebar. Set that Featured Post widget to the new category.

If you’re not sure how to do this, please email me or send a message. You can also phone me if you wish.