In WordPress, a theme is a collection of templates and stylesheets used to define the appearance and display of a WordPress powered website.
They can be changed and sometimes altered. Each one comes with a different design, layout, and features. A user needs to choose the one that suits their taste and requirements for their website. There are those that are designed to serve specific kind of websites, e.g. WordPress Photography Themes are designed for photographers and photography websites.
Clients often ask, “Do I need to install updates for WordPress, plugins, and my theme?” The answer is an emphatic “Yes!” and it’s because updates do the following:
3.Add features and functionality
Web apps such as WordPress are software, so you need to update them just like you update your operating system (Windows or macOS), applications, smartphone apps, etc. Let’s take a closer look at why.
Why Update WordPress, Plugins, and Themes?
Updates to WordPress core, plugins, and themes often increase security by patching vulnerabilities and strengthening against attacks. To reduce the risk of your site being hacked or compromised in some other way, update!
When any expert talks about WordPress security, one of the first things they mention is to install updates. Hackers and other malicious parties watch the release notes. As soon as they learn of a vulnerability, they start exploiting it. So, you need to update as soon as possible to reduce the time that your site is vulnerable.
According to WPBeginner, 83% of hacked WordPress sites hadn’t been updated. According to page.ly’s stats, WordPress sites are frequently hacked due to “outdated versions of: PHP, WordPress, themes, or plugins”. WebDesign.com says, “by not updating, you are leaving your sites buggy and open to being hacked.” Finally, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg begs users to update WordPress in How to Keep WordPress Secure.
For example, see the WordPress 5.0.1 announcement, which says,
This is a security release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.
Updates to WordPress core, plugins, and themes often fix bugs that were discovered in previous versions. To get the fixed version, update!
Add Features and Functionality
Updates to WordPress core, plugins, and themes often add new features and functionality. To take advantage of them, the site needs to be updated!