Why You Should Update WordPress

I bet you’ve seen this warning at the top of your WordPress dashboard before.

WordPress update warning

It’s easy to ignore, but there are several really important reasons NOT to ignore it. WordPress, just like any other software on your computer, needs to be updated regularly. Unlike most software and programs though, WordPress is open source. Many many people are working feverishly to improve and fix old problems with WordPress, which means that updated versions are released pretty frequently.

Updating WordPress is very important, and really only takes a couple of quick steps. Don’t ignore the update warnings! WordPress will typically release updates for these reasons:

  • To improve features. New features that are released often help make WordPress easier to use. If you wait to update two or three versions of WordPress at a time it could cause problems with your site.
  • Safety reasons. WordPress updates may contain new security features that help prevent hackers and other bad-doers from breaking into your website and inserting malicious code or malware. Not only can this kind of activity harm your site, but it can also cause your site to lose it’s position in search engine results.
  • Bug fixes. New updates can fix bugs that you’re experiencing in your site. If something isn’t working correctly, you may just need to update WordPress.

Plugin Updates are Important Too

Plugins update

Updating your plugins is just as imperative as updating WordPress… and you should update the plugins BEFORE you update WordPress to prevent your plugins from breaking. Plugins that are outdated are super vulnerable to security attacks. To update your plugins:

  1. Navigate to the Plugins panel and click Update Available
  2. Update your plugins in bulk or individually with the Update Now link underneath each plugin

Old Software is Extremely Vulnerable

When a new WordPress or plugin update is released it comes with a bug fix report. Hackers can find the weaknesses of old WordPress versions just by looking at these reports. They target outdated sites by viewing the page source for a particular website to see what version of WordPress they are running. The simplest way to avoid being targeted is to keep everything updated.

Images courtesy of http://www.mayecreate.com/2013/04/why-you-should-update-wordpress/

Simplified Pricing for Domains

We’ve revamped our domain pricing structure to make things simpler, and to make our pricing more consistent across the board. These new changes impact all new domain registrations and renewals upon the standard renewal time.

The prices of domains fluctuate from year to year as the domain registrars raise their fees. We keep our prices as low as possible and make sure our support is top-notch so that we can provide the best and most comprehensive service to you, our customers. Check out our updated pricing:

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$45 per year – .tv
$50 per year – .mx

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Multiple H9 Servers Instability/Outages due to WordPress attacks

Currently, multiple servers are undergoing heavy WordPress brute force attacks which are causing instability for some servers and a heavy load on those servers services, leading to outages and downtime. Our Tech team is continuing to work on filtering and shielding these servers from these attacks, and due to the nature of the issue we do not have an ETA when the servers will return to normal operation at this time.

Currently, we have a forum thread posted at:

http://forums.hostnine.com/index.php?/topic/6138-multiple-h9-servers-instabilityoutages-due-to-wordpress-attacks/

to keep those affected updated on the situation, and we will update that thread as the issue progresses.

For more information about this type of attack, why it is perpetrated, and what it’s ultimate goal is you can read this article, which explains in layman’s terms the attack, and its affect on web servers. http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/04/brute-force-attacks-build-wordpress-botnet/

We again encourage you to utilize best practices with your WordPress site, which include:
- choosing a username other than admin
- choosing a secure password: http://en.support.wordpress.com/selecting-a-strong-password/
- restricting access to wp-admin: http://codex.wordpress.org/Hardening_WordPress
- ensuring your WordPress is always up to date.

We will continue to work to mitigate this attack, and we thank you for your patience.