One of the useful features of WordPress is a notification inside the WordPress dashboard when there’s an update.
When it comes to WordPress, we should always be running the latest version of WordPress to ensure the security and bug fixes of the previous WordPress version.
But when it comes to WordPress plugins, there’s a completely different story.
WordPress plugins get updated for the following reasons:
- For latest WordPress version compatibility.
- For fixing bugs.
- For adding more features.
Important: Sometimes updating a WordPress plugin breaks your WordPress blog. You should always make sure you take a backup before updating or installing any new plugin.
Also, while updating any plugin to the latest version, check the change log and make sure you really need that update.
- Again, make sure you take a backup of your WordPress database!
Recently, the WP-Thumbie plugin, which shows related posts along with a thumbnail, had an update available.
I checked the change log to see what was being updated.
The latest update fixed a bug which was specific for a particular hosting company (ie I didn’t need it).
So instead of updating the plugin, I kept it as it is and waited for a new WordPress update before updating the plugin.
Do let me know your opinion on this. Do you update your WordPress blog plugin when you see a notification? Or do you wait for a while?