WordPress plugin developers keep releasing updates to plugins. Once a plugin has been updated, you will see an update notice in WordPress, however should you update all the plugins that have updates?
The question is not that hard to answer, however there may be different views all over about this. Here are some things you might want to consider before upgrading a plugin.
- Does the older plugin work good enough for you and accomplish its task?
- Will the new version of the plugin, add more value for you?
- Is the plugin upgrade released to fix any bugs or security issues?
- Are the new features provided by the plugin really required for your site?
You can easily find this information on the plugin homepage which details changes and upgrades, another thing plugin developers can do themselves is by providing change logs in the readme files.
If you are a plugin developer, you might want to read this article written by Jeff detailing the changes for readme.txt to include changelogs.
There may be many other things that you might need to consider, however upgrading plugins is easy and does not take much time.
What are your opinions, do you have any other criteria’s, it would be interesting to learn from you, feel free to tell me about them.