Some day you’re going to want to use a new theme, and your new theme is going to require the latest version.Or you’re going to install a new plugin, and it will require an update.
Because some plugins are poorly coded or incompatible with WP Engine’s platform, we don’t allow them on our hosted sites.
Please check the list of disallowed plugins and remove any of these plugins from your site.
Prior to making any changes we strongly recommend you backup your website with your current host.
This will mean you can restore your website if your updates cause problems.
This isn’t because Word Press isn’t secure: it’s because Word Press is so prevalent.
Word Press is 25% of the internet, which means there are huge payoffs for hackers who can figure out how to break into Word Press sites.
So you’re better off updating as often as possible. Sure, you have just a tiny little site, with hardly any traffic, so why would anyone want to hack it?
The truth of the matter is, every Word Press site is a target.
In a way, it makes sense – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
But there can be huge costs to ignoring updates on Word Press websites. All of your plugins are (hopefully) updated on a regular basis, and your theme probably gets updated, and you probably have some themes installed on your site that you aren’t using, and they want updates too.
But here’s the thing: new features are introduced incrementally. So if you update regularly, you’ll just have small new things to get used to.