Is your CMS out of date and should you care?


By Alan Murphy

Since your website is performing adequately you may think it's ok to leave your CMS for years without worrying if it’s updated to the latest version. However, if your CMS is not consistently updated you may find yourself falling behind not only in terms of features but also around the security of your website.

A year is considered a long time in the world of the web. Not only do design and UX philosophies move on in that time, so do the technologies that are used to serve up your web site. This can be in reaction to new security threats that present themselves, but also to meet the growing demands that customers expect from your site and the content management system it sits on.

Don't get left behind.

By keeping your CMS up to date you are protecting the security of your website and also ensuring that you are not left behind when it comes to the ever changing world wide web. Chances are if your CMS has not been updated in two years it is already out of date.

For example, commercial vendors such as Kentico will only support their CMS going back two major versions. They are currently on version 10 meaning if your site sits on a version less than version 8 they won’t support you and by the end of the year version 8 will no longer be supported. While for open source platforms it means the latest plugins that are being developed or patched are going to target the latest version of the CMS so if you aren’t upgrading you may not be able to keep your plugins updated from security threats.

When and how to upgrade.

The question for clients is when to upgrade and what does it involve. The answer to that question really comes down to how long you have left your CMS without an update. It is normally easy to upgrade a site from one major version to the next, but becomes much more difficult to upgrade through multiple versions, so you may need a full site rebuild! If that is the case, it is important to pick a content management system that has a clear upgrade path and for you to follow it so you don’t end up in the same position in the future. If it hasn’t been too long since your site has been developed, you should put a plan in place to upgrade the CMS on a regular basis, allowing you to keep your existing site.

Upgrading your CMS is comparable to servicing your car, leave it too long and you might have a bigger problem on your hands - Do it often and you are preventing problems from occurring without even knowing it.

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