If you see a software update prompt on your website, notify the website administrator
It’s dangerous to have a higher level of authority than you need. If you only need to post articles, you should not have authority to update software
Updating website software involves some degree of risk. Buggy or incompatible software can cause undesired results (i.e. website crash)
A website admin will take a website backup before updating software to ensure a path to recover from any problems during the update process
A website admin will test new software in a test environment first to ensure the update on the live website goes smoothly
For best results, have a website administrator update all software. He/she will take all necessary precautions.
What??! But I thought you always said I should update my website software to avoid problems with hackers and malware. What gives?
Well, that’s correct, you should update your website software… figuratively speaking, of course. When I say “You should update your software”, well, I don’t necessarily mean YOU, yourself, should do it. I mean you should ensure that it gets done… that someone does it.
Software Update Prompts
So why do I bring this up? Well, when you login to your site’s admin screen or dashboard, you may have seen messages telling you that updates are available and asking you to proceed to update your site. And technically, if you can see the prompts, you can perform the updates with just a few clicks. However, those messages are really meant for website administrators. And often, these messages are seen by other users, not just administrators. So if you aren’t the website administrator, it’s best to notify him/her about these messages.
Are You A Website Administrator?
Many website owners are set up with a login username on their site by someone else, maybe a web designer or an administrator did it for them. Many times, the owner is set up with a role that has more authority than he/she really needs… including the highest level, a super admin. This can be a very dangerous thing!
Do you know what your role is on the website? Do you just need to add new articles or posts once in a while? Or maybe you need to approve other users’ articles before publishing? Are you the website administrator who takes care of all the technical stuff? Do you really need to log in to the admin area / dashboard at all?
The point is, it’s important to know your role on your website, and your authority / access should reflect that role. For example, if you only need to post articles, you should not have authority to update software. The website administrator’s role is typically to install, update, remove and test software. They also will create website backups to ensure a way to recover from problems. If this doesn’t sound like what you normally do, then you probably shouldn’t be updating website software.
About Those Software Update Prompts…