Two reasons – Popularity and Vulnerability.
WordPress powers over 60% of all websites across the globe that use a content management system (CMS), while the balance is spread between more than 50 other developers! As specialists in maximising website security and performance, we focus on the platform that gives the greatest benefits to the largest number of people.
However, WordPress’ popularity is also its major weakness. While it’s the base for over 60% of CMS websites, 90% of all hacked CMS sites are WordPress! Attackers are constantly looking for ways in… on average, your website will be hit with over 60 attack attempts every single day!
Content Management Systems are inherently more vulnerable than non-cms systems. To allow users to modify their websites without the need for any technical skills means the system must contain many thousands of additional lines of code to allow this to happen. This automatically makes the platform vulnerable. In addition, it also has the ability to accept numerous plugins created by third party developers, any of which could contain bugs or malicious code.
It’s no different to your computer or mobile phone — you have to keep them up-to-date to both protect yourself and get hold of all the new features and functionality. If you don’t, you’re subject to hackers, malware and all sorts of other intrusions.
So, building your website is just the beginning! To keep it performing and protected, it needs to be regularly updated to patch discovered vulnerabilities, fix bugs, and maintain functionality.