What You Need to Know About Website Updates

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Written by Cindy Moore

Cindy Moore is the Director of Development for MTS and has been in this role with the company for more than a decade. She is a LAMP Stack developer and certified marketing guru. She heads up the Moore Tech Solutions technical and design team and has overseen the design, development, and implementation of several hundred websites for a wide variety of organizations.

May 10, 2018

What Are the Website Update Choices?

Incremental Updates –

Updates done on a regular schedule that incorporate a smaller number of changes, patches, and corrections soon after the update has been released.

We recommend monthly or quarterly updates to maintain a healthy website.

Incidental Updates –

Updates done infrequently (less than every 6 months), not usually on any type of regular schedule.

We do not recommend this approach

By the time several months go by the extension developer may have released several updated versions. If you are several versions behind on updates then updating becomes a bit more tricky because the extension developer also has to keep up with platform updates and external resource updates. Updating to a new version may not be compatible with the core version you are currently on or the other extension’s versions so extra precautions and steps must be taken to ensure a smooth transition.

Website Updates Cost Factors:

  • The size of the site, a large site takes quite a while to backup and restore
  • The number of extensions installed that need to be updated
  • The price of the extensions
  • On sites where we have written custom code, functions, or behaviors, created custom integrations, or hacked the core of anything more time is needed for testing and correcting than usual.
  • Length of time since the last update was made

An important thing to note is that many clients feel like they are saving money by having fewer updates. The truth is that because of the extra work involved with infrequent website updates it costs about the same to have regularly scheduled updates as it does to have one big update done once a year.

The Real Price of Not Updating

If a website is not receiving regular updates it is vulnerable to hacking. An unmaintained website is a hackers paradise. The price for restoring a hacked site (when and if it can be restored) starts at about $500 and can go well beyond that in multiples if the hacker has had adequate time to work his hacks and share your site with his friends.

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