You login to your WordPress dashboard and see all of those little red numbers in circles in your menu, what do they mean?
Those little numbers indicate that there is a new version of Wordpress available, or a plugin that you have installed has a newer release ready to be activated.
This question doesn’t have a straight-forward answer, hence this article. In theory there should be no issue with you going ahead and running these updates yourself. In reality, there are many factors to take into consideration before running updates:
Everything could go right, or everything could go wrong. Most commonly when a conflict occurs you will get a white screen or error message instead of seeing your website or WordPress dashboard. Particular functions of your site can stop working or the pages just not look as they should.
Updates are released as a response to the performance demands of technologies, platforms and potential security threats that may have been exposed. Whilst your site may be operating as it should, by running the latest updates, you can ensure the performance of your site and make sure you are in the safest position to ward off hackers.
You can run the updates yourself if you are prepared to troubleshoot when conflicts occur. If you are comfortable with taking backups, rolling back updates and debugging, then by all means do the updates yourself. If you didn’t understand that sentence, then probably best not attempt to run the updates yourself.