WordPress Security & Maintenance

Published 09.07.2019

Last Updated 03.31.2020

Keeping PHP up-to-date is important!

PHP is the coding language WordPress is built on, and its version is set at the server-level by your hosting company. WordPress recommends upgrading to the latest version of PHP ( currently version 7.3 ) and WordPress Core ( currently version 5.4 released March 31, 2020) for the following reasons:

01.  Faster Performance – Updating to the latest version can deliver a huge performance increase; up to 3 or 4x faster for older versions. A faster WordPress website will be better crawled by search engines.

02.  More secure – Because WordPress is so popular ( it runs 35% of the entire internet and close to 60% in the global CMS market ), it is a target for hackers. Updating gives your website the latest security features. A more secure website is better protected against hackers, and the cost associated with a hacked website.

03. New Features Each major WordPress release comes with new features and changes to the platform. The new Gutenberg editor that ships with WordPress is a completely new editing experience rebuilt for media rich pages pages and posts with “blocks”, a great new tool for creating engaging content within the editor. WordPress 5.4 made major improvements to the editing experience in terms of building with “blocks” faster and easier.

Summary based from official WordPress Support