Plugins are like mini-programs that run on your WordPress website to provide extra features. They are an easy way to extend your website’s functionality. Plugins may add features like web forms, responsive tables, or user management, for example, which aren’t built into the WordPress core software.
We’ve talked before about the importance of keeping your WordPress plugins up to date. It’s also important to audit your website on a regular basis to check whether all the current users should still have access and whether the plugins you are using are still maintained.
When you run a website audit, what if you find out that some of the plugins used on your website are outdated and the developer has chosen to no longer maintain them? Is it safe to keep outdated plugins on your website? Why does it matter? What should you do about these plugins? How can you retain the features they provided?
Updraft Plus, which we recommend using to make a full website backup before performing any updates, has posted a thorough, informative article about why defunct WordPress plugins pose a threat & how to secure your site.
Read the article to find out more and let us know what you think. Have you run into this problem? Have you had trouble finding replacement solutions?