One of the useful feature of wordpress is we get notification inside wordpress dashboard when we see an update, and when it comes to wordpress, we should install the latest version of wordpress to endure the security and bug fix of current WordPress version.
But when it comes to WordPress plugins, it has a complete different story, WordPress plugin gets an update for following reasons
- For latest WordPress version compatibility
- For Fixing any current bug
- For Adding more feature
Though some time updating wordpress plugin breaks our wordpress blog and my advice would be make sure you take the backup before updating or installing any new plugin.
Another suggestion would be while updating any plugin to the latest version, check the change log in the latest version, and make sure if you really need that update.
Check this simple screenshot which will guide you on how to check the change log and if required update the plugin and make sure you take the backup of wordpress database.
In this screenshot I will be taking care of Wp-thumbie plugin, which shows related posts along with thumbnail.
Click on View-Version *.* details and click on change log to see the update in latest version.
As you can see the latest update fixed a big which is specific for a particular hosting and I don’t need it. So instead of making update, I will keep it as it is, and in the next update or after wordpress update I might make an update.
Do let me know your opinion on this part, do you update your wordpress blog plugin at the same time when you see a notification or you wait for some time?