Upgrading Your Blogging Software

Upgrading your blogging software is a very important part of administering a blog. You get new features with every update, and security issues are also corrected with every new release. Usually, you will find that updating is done easily and directly from the control panel of your blogging software.

WordPress has implemented this since their 3.0 release – and Drupal and Joomla also have this included with their updates.

The best part about upgrades is that they are free. So you don’t have to worry about costs of updates influencing your budget. This is due to large test audiences that help developers in ensuring that updates work before they are released.

The one thing you need to pay attention to, if you are running your blog on older web hosts is whether your versions of PHP and MySQL are compatible with new releases. Your web host can help you with such issues by upgrading their PHP-software, but usually most webservers will have adequate PHP running automatically.

The main issues involved with upgrading blogging software is security. There are always people out there who are looking for ways to sabotage the efforts bloggers make. If you are involved in political debates or other controversial subjects, you need to pay special attention to this. Furthermore, regular backups of your articles could safeguard you from losing article content.

Everyone thinks this would rarely happen to them, but if it does you may lose quite a bit of valuable time. Consider that if you have written several hundred articles, then it adds up to many hours, even if writing comes naturally to you. Therefore it is highly important you remember both updating your blogging software and backing up your content.

Also, from a SEO perspective, having the latest blogging software is important in showing you keep your blog up to date and functional. An updated blog is a living blog, so from that perspective it is an issue to be remembered.

With every update there is also the issue of older plugins. These may require upgrading too. You will normally be reminded of this from your control panel. But having an open eye towards this also ensures you have optimal functionality on your blog.

Remember that people will be more likely to comment and use your blog when they can see you are making an effort to keep everything fresh. And in the long run you will enjoy a better working blog since all of this is shown to you every time you log in to write another blog article.

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