Select Website to Update

Identify the website that requires updates.

The first step is identifying the site that requires updates. As mentioned earlier, updates can fall under the following categories;

  • WordPress Core updates
  • Plugin updates
  • Theme updates
  • Translations
WordPress updates categories
Types of WordPress updates

Note

Other updates, such as PHP updates, are also made at the server level.

Having your website up to date provides various benefits. First, you get access to the released new features. Updates also keep your website secure from any vulnerabilities out there.

Thus, it would be best if you always kept checking out for any site updates.

At MRK WP, we scan through sites under our Care Plan every week to check if there are any updates to roll out. We, therefore, create recurring tasks for these websites in our CRM. Assign them to the web administrators and ensure these updates are done weekly.

It would help if you also looked at the general Smart Plugin Manager status on the site’s page. This page shows you which websites need to be updated.

SPM Status across websites
Smart Plugin status column

Our managed websites also have the Defender Pro plugin. The plugin regularly scans a site. In addition, it sends you an email notification if your site has a given outdated plugin version with a security vulnerability. This prompts you to update the latest plugin version with the fix. Defender Pro flags these on production and other site environments that have this plugin activated.

WPMU Defender pro scan results
WPMU Defender Pro

With these strategies in place, you will be in a position always to know what site requires updates.