Are you still scared of updating your WordPress? STOP!
While you might be afraid of updating, you are doing more harm than good. Not might, some, a little… more like A LOT. WordPress is tested out thoroughly and by the time each version update is available, there are many important areas covered. Glitches/ bugs, security, design, and more are just some of the general updates in each version. The most important: security and bugs.
If you are not up to date with your WordPress, not only is your site unsafe for yourself, but also your visitors and your web host. If you are self-hosted (pay for your web hosting outside of WordPress.com), most web hosts put in their user terms of service that the user is responsible for keeping their website up to date and secure, especially if the user is operating scripts.
In the case you are not sure if you are up to date, you can log into your WordPress and see the version listed at the bottom right hand corner of your WordPress administration panel. If it is not up to date, the area will tell you that you need to update. Also, on the left hand side of the administration panel, within the navigation under “Dashboard” is “Updates”. If there is a number there, that means something needs to be updated on your website.
There is no excuse to not update. If it is a matter that your version is a lot older, no worries… there is a tutorial for upgrading WordPress. In the case that your web host does not allow you to automatically update your site from the WordPress backend, you can always move to a host that does OR you could update using FTP. There is a tutorial for manually installing WordPress too.
In the case you are just plain scared of updating in general, no worries, there are many people in the WordPress Support forums that are willing to help. I am also willing to help too! So, are you still scared? You should not be. There are no more excuses to not update your WordPress powered site.