Why is it so important to upgrade your Umbraco installation? - and to keep upgrading it? Jim will tell - and hopefully convince - you why in this blog post. He’s got a top 3 which lists the most beneficial reasons for you + a handy comparison tool to show you what exactly you’re missing out on if you haven’t upgraded recently.
Welcome to the fifth of Jim's Tips and Tricks. In this blog post I want to talk to you about why you should always consider to run your Umbraco installation on the latest version. Of course in some special situations there can be reasons not to, but in general, it is always best to run the latest version of Umbraco for various beneficial reasons. Which beneficial reasons? let me show you our Top 3:
1: New Features
New features are simply all the nice things we add to the Umbraco CMS to make it smarter and simpler for you to do your job. New Features are always seen in Major releases and often also in minor releases.
Examples of these new features are the “Health Check” and “Redirects” which we released in version 7.5. The Health Check feature gives you a simple overview of your site’s current setup status. If any issues are identified in your setup, the Health Check feature will tell you how to fix it - or do it for you. This helps you setup your site in the best possible way. Redirects makes it easier for you to keep your SEO rating by letting you redirect old URL’s to new ones in just a few clicks. Quite nifty if you want to transfer your hard earned SEO “value” to your new sites.
Read all about the new features in 7.5 right here.
2: Breaking Changes
Breaking Changes, as in “Breaking News”, could be upgrades to the Api, upgrades to the Automapper and the ImageProcessor and similar changes to built-in functions. So more precisely, it’s improvements to the core’s built-in functions to make sure they keep performing even better.
3: Issues and Tasks
Issues and tasks are the bugs and problems that we (or the community) have discovered in previous versions. This could be all from changing the color of a button to fixing issues with the package installer. Thus, if anything is broken or not performing as it should, this is fixed and then released in a new upgrade. Issues and Tasks are often seen in patch releases.
Basically, by upgrading you always get a more reliable and better performing site.
To see all of the changes made between versions, we have this very awesome comparison tool:
This tool makes it really clear what you’re missing out on if you haven’t upgraded recently.
Why you need to take the big - or small - step to upgrade
What I usually hear from you guys when you have not yet upgraded versions is that the road to the newest version is too hard and difficult to walk. This is often related to your custom code or third party packages. This is totally understandable, but the consequences of not upgrading can be almost lethal… at least to your website 😉 . This, of course, is related to the security of your website. It is our job to make sure that the Umbraco CMS is as secure as possible and if any issues are discovered, we make sure to fix them. But for it to benefit you and your website, you have to “click the upgrade button” - regularly. My awesome colleague Sebastiaan has blogged about security on your Umbraco website right here.
Upgrading has become easier than ever before. Especially if you keep in mind to constantly upgrading your Umbraco installation. Because, as in almost everything in life, small steps are easier to take than big steps. It’s no secret that we keep moving forward making Umbraco better and better so if you decide to stand still, the gab will only become bigger. And remember, by upgrading you gain so much - for free! So even though the big step might seem immense and might require a lot of time and recourses, we do encourage you to take it - and then make sure to upgrade regularly. We promise you it’ll be worth it.
You can find the official upgrade guide and documentation on the community site.
And if you should encounter issues when upgrading, please have a look at Sebastiaan’s very useful documentation to help you in the process. If you need more help, and got yourself a support plan, then you’re always welcome to contact us and we’ll be ready to guide you through the upgrade.
To sum up, make sure to stay updated and you’ll always have the most reliable, secure and best performing website. This week we released Umbraco 7.5.7 - fresh and ready for you to download now. Enjoy 😉.
All the best,
Jim, Friend Maker, Umbraco HQ Support team
PS. I’m having a break from Jim’s Tips and Tricks but will be back to guide you through aspects and functions in Umbraco CMS later this year.
If you have any suggestions to things in Umbraco that you’d like me to guide you through then please drop a comment below and perhaps I'll deal with this in my next Tips and Tricks 🙂 👍