WordPress Security Update

“WordPress 4.8.3 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.”  ~WordPress.org

See the full article for details: https://wordpress.org/news/2017/10/wordpress-4-8-3-security-release/

How to Manually Update WordPress

It is always a good idea to keep your WordPress version up-to-date. Because this particular version is security related, your site should have automatically updated.

However if you need to manually update, follow these steps:

  • Create a full backup of your site first – Because it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  • Then go to Dashboard >> Updates – you will see a notification about the update.
  • Click the Update Now button to run the update. Once the update is complete, you will see a ‘Welcome to WordPress (new version #)’ message, that will tell you about any new features that are available.

Why Update WordPress

WordPress is open source software that is continually being developed and improved by a community of developers. New versions include bug fixes, new or improved features, and updates that keep the platform up-to-date with industry standards.

If you don’t keep your WordPress site updated, you are putting your site’s security at risk and missing out on new features.

Check out this article from WPBeginner.com for more details about why you should use the most up-to-date version of WordPress: http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/why-you-should-always-use-the-latest-version-of-wordpress/