Part of the WordPress disaster recovery training I attended this week brought some good resources to light. One of the excellent tools allows me to monitor each WordPress website I host and maintain to see what versions of WordPress are installed, as well as what plugins and themes are installed on the websites I host.
I am provided with a visual indication if the website is down, or if any part of the installation needs to be updated.
One of the services I provide is maintenance on the WordPress websites we host. This includes updating WordPress, all plugins and themes to the current stable release of the product. Currently I have to go to the websites individually, and apply the new versions. I currently have no idea what version of software the websites are running until I manually visit each website. Since we are hosting over 80 WordPress installations, this is very time consuming. Because of the time and effort involved, I don’t get to each site very often.
One of the main reasons websites get hacked are because they are running older versions of software (95% of software releases are to fix security issues). Once a vulnerability has been identified it gets around the internet fast and hackers start hitting websites trying to exploit the older software.
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