If you happen to have a website, be it a simple informational website for your business, an eCommerce store or a complex web application, chances are it is based on an open-source Content Management System (CMS) such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento or Drupal.
These are in fact the most popular CMS’s in the world with a market share of over 35% of all websites in the world being run using one of the above mentioned CMS’s. There are plenty of reasons for their popularity, including;
- Built using Open-source Technologies
- Allow for High Levels of Customisation
- Large Development Community
- Huge Repository of Plugins/Extensions/Modules for Integration of Functionalities
- Availability of Ready Themes to suit your Design preferences
- Constant Upgrades From a Security Point of View
Upgrading Your CMS Software
There is one thing that stands out for us as web developers i.e. while clients are quite happy to use these technologies for their projects however they are not quite happy to maintain the software on an ongoing basis. The general perception is “build and forget”. But this is not quite true when it comes to using CMS’s like these for your web development projects.
Some of the reasons why you need to upgrade CMS’s such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento and Drupal include;
Arguably one of the most important factors to consider that simply cannot be undermined. If you are serious about your digital presence then you must start taking security seriously to eliminate any shreds of viruses and malware along with vulnerability that your site may get exposed too in the absence of Security updates or security releases undertaken. Security breaches can leave your website defaced and your CMS very exposed to cyber attacks resulting in your sensitive data being compromised you hold thus impacting your creditability.
In order to allow your website to realise its full potential and perform the way it was intended too, updating your CMS acts as the fuel driving your website. In an ever increasingly competitive world, what makes our website stand apart and stand out from the competition? Its performance and speed that contribute to a positive user experience which can only be achieved if your website and CMS are being driven by the latest versions and available technologies for each type of CMS be it WordPress, Joomla, Magento or Drupal. There are very good reasons behind why web developers are constantly releasing newer versions of their CMS and updating their technologies so embrace these rather than getting left behind.
3. New Features means enhanced Functionality
Upgrading your CMS means your website can enjoy new and additional features that contribute to the smooth functioning and overall faster response times. When new CMS updates are released; these often address any coding errors, bugs and incompatibility of plug-ins from previous versions so updating your CMS means these are automatically taken care of too.