WordPress is software that is installed on your web server and requires updating like any other software. Sometimes the web hosting company does it for you, sometimes they don’t. Good WordPress managers know they need to follow WordPress’s blog to get the latest on WordPress releases and ensure it’s done.
- Back up the website before the WordPress software is updated so you can get back if you need to
- Test all critical pages on your website or blog after the update, to ensure it didn’t break functionality
- If your hosting company does the updates automatically, ask if you can be notified so you can do the testing.