Waiting to… Update. Sometimes patience is the best course of action, especially where software is concerned.
I love WordPress. It is a versatile, reliable blogging and content management platform. The problem is that WordPress works with many other software modules.
When a new component is released, how do you test the multitude of configurations? How can you possibly afford to?
Well, you do the best you can and then hope for the best. Sorry, I know that’s not a real technical answer, but it is what it is.
The reality is that you can’t test every configuration, you can’t possibly afford to. Since it isn’t a mission critical system, the risk is pretty low.
Your website may go down. Looking at big rocks, lives won’t be lost. So we pay sometimes with a little bit of downtime.
One lesson I’ve learned, sometimes the hard way is… that while updating in a timely manner is important, being on the bleeding edge can hurt.
So I wait… a bit. Not enough to cause any harm. but enough so that we’re not living on the bleeding edge (and I usually run at least one site beta testing WordPress releases).
Be mindful of updates. Just because a plugin, theme or WordPress itself has a spiffy new update, doesn’t mean up have to hit that update button. Especially with plugins, give them a little time to work out any big issues and make sure you do a backup before you update. Never know when you’ll need to restore from a little update glitch. It’s a couple minutes that not doing can cost you days and $$.
Sometimes waiting to… Update is the safest action.
Now, having typed all that I’m going to tell you that you need to keep your version of WordPress up-to-date. A couple days to a week is different from not updating at all.
If the only reason you update is for security, it’s the best reason I can think of.
Oh, a new version of WordPress, 3.9, was released yesterday. Give it a few days and make sure your site is updated.