By sheer quantity alone, yes, they’re annoying. Another new WordPress version arrives or one of the many plugins residing in your theme, and oh yes, a theme update too. There are the minor updates for fixing security bugs, like 4.1.1 to 4.1.2, and the major updates for new features, like 4.3 to 4.4. Along with the inevitable update, so too comes the same fear and confusion. What is the risk of using the latest version? Will a conflict arise? Will my site blow up? Fear and the unknown have always been good friends. For this case, allow me to try to break up that relationship by sharing some known stuff.
Using the latest version really is for your benefit. First, it’s best to understand why updates happen. There are a few good reasons, but number one is security.