If your website is built with WordPress or a similar CMS, it almost certainly has plugins installed that dramatically extend the capabilities of what your site can do. WordPress, by itself, is often too limited in the absence of these extensions for an average business. Therefore, it’s extremely important that the plugins are continuously updated for security reasons.
Plugins are like apps for your website. You can install them to add new features and functionality to your website like contact forms, photo galleries, sliders, and more. These plugins are created by third-party developers. Most of them keep improving their plugins by adding new features, improving code quality, and keeping them secure. Then, these changes are released as updates.
Your plugins should always be kept up to date to ensure that those changes are applied to your site as soon as possible. This improves the overall security and performance of your website.
If the website was built by Phvntom, the only plugins being used are almost exclusively career plugins – which are made by AAA developers that are solely focused on the continued support of their software. The use of these high-quality (and usually expensive) plugins greatly reduces the likelihood of the plugin being abandoned or causing problems in the future.
There are some circumstances, however, in which plugins should not be updated – or can’t be without breaking the site. These situations are referred to as plugin conflicts. They are most common on advanced websites that have been in use for a long time and that have a lot of supporting plugins or custom integrations.
To address this, our expert development team monitors the status of aging plugins and keeps a log of known conflicts. Every plugin update is analyzed and applied with scrutiny on a case-by-case basis.
When a known issue is present, the update is postponed until the issue is resolved by a subsequent update. If a subsequent update isn’t forecasted, the plugin is kept as-is indefinitely, removed and replaced by a different extension, or the features incorporated by it are phased out altogether. These critical decisions are made jointly by you (the client), and our senior technical advisors.