How often do WordPress updates come?
Updating WordPress is pretty much essential to close up security holes that could let in security threats that hackers take advantage of to gain control of your blog or just general website. Having the right plugins to prevent security threats is essential as updating wordpress is.
The facts are, that WordPress has 62 releases in 87 months in between December 2005 and also February 2013. And that is an average of 42 days per release, pretty much.
On a side note, Drupal 6 has 26 releases in 48 months and Drupal 7 has 15 releases in 25 months, which is an average of 51 days for every release.
On another side note, Joomla 1.5 had around 27 releases in 26 months, where Joomla 2.5 had around 20 releases in about 25 months and also Joomla 3 had 4 releases in around 6 months, so that is another average, going at 36 days per release of an update. Drupal and Joomla are also content management platforms.
So, as a WordPress release comes every 1.4 months, they have pretty much deviated minimally from their schedule ever since 2006. So since you can expect an update every 42 days
We know how much WordPress is updated but should we apply those updates as often as they arrive?
There are a few steps I would take before doing so, if you are worried, that is. To be honest, every update I’ve ever applied to any version of WordPress hasn’t given me any problems, and that goes for plugins for WordPress to go with it. Also, as professional themes have updates too, I haven’t had a problem with those either.
But I am personally worried for the future, so now I wait around 2 weeks before applying every update
Before doing the steps below, I would set a timer for 2-3 weeks after the first update to WordPress comes. Incase the update causes problems, that gives the developers time to create another update to fix the previous update, I think.
1. First thing you want to do before applying an update is backing up your WordPress files through FTP. Simply launch your desired FTP program, find a folder in your Documents in Windows or Mac, or even Linux and create a folder called “blog files” or something. Then select all your files from your Public_html folder or what ever folder is the main directory for all of your blog’s files.
2. Be ready to leave your computer on for a long time. Even if your WordPress blog is like 40MB’s, it could take up to 30 minutes to an hour to back it all up. Since my blog is like 1.6GB’s in all of it’s files, I do a backup less often but often enough that no matter what I will be okay. Also, my host is a dedicated WordPress host called WP Engine, they do daily backups of my blog files so I can either ask them to restore a backup, or I can manually create a “Restore Point” and then restore that “Restore Point” when ever I have a problem and cannot undo the pr0blem in WordPress, it’s alot like doing creating and using a Restore Point in Windows which is very handy to have.
3. After you have all your files backed up, do the upgrade or update, I would do all of your plugins after, so if the update of your WordPress core does not affect the functionality of your blog, do your plugins after and if there is a problem with loading WordPress you know it’s your plugins and not your blog’s main update for WordPress.
4. If all goes well, then all you got to do next is when the next update comes for WordPress, do the same procedure. I only recommend update your Plugins every time after you update WordPress, as backing up your site is a pain in the butt, it takes alot of time to do for a big blog. Your blog is only going to get bigger overtime, anyways.
I think that the reliability of WordPress goes with the popularity of the platform as it is built by hundreds of community volunteers, with thousands of plugins and themes available to use. Also, over 60 million people use WordPress for their blogs to power their content.