Plugin updates are a roll of the dice. We’ve had to emergency patch 4 plugins in a week to a website that had “zero-day” security vulnerabilities.
Other times there are only 5 security issues per year on certain websites.
Barring security patches (of which there are many), there are 2 factors to how often your website plugin needs to be updated.
- The number of plugins installed on your website. More plugins = more chances of security patches that need to be applied.
- The type of plugins. Certain plugins are better maintained and coded.
It is common for a business website to have between 15 and 30 plugins installed and require 10 to 20 individual updates per month.
There are over 55,000 plugins to choose from and some need to be updated on a weekly basis.
It isn’t all bad news though… in the 2 years since we’ve provided weekly plugin updates for 60+ clients we have had two security issues that got through. Both websites fixed within 4 hours with zero data loss.