Don’t Wait for Disaster to Strike! Upgrade Your Nonprofit CMS

Emily Lewis

Do you ignore the little red badges on your CMS indicating an update is available? When was the last time you checked the date of your web software — is the year even recent?

Your content management system (CMS) is the foundation for your website. If you don’t keep it up-to-date, you are exposing your nonprofit site to security vulnerabilities — and missing out on modern features to help reach your goals and connect with donors.

Protect Your Site from Bugs, Hacks & Crashes

Collage of screenshots that show different CMS upgrade indicators, including for WordPress, ExpressionEngine, Craft and Statamic
Don’t ignore these reminders! Most content management systems tell you when it’s time to update your software.

Maintaining your CMS can be the difference between peace of mind and costly (possibly emergency!) fixes down the road. When your CMS software is up-to-date, you’ll avoid:

  • Bugs. CMS updates fix unexpected system errors and vulnerabilities (AKA bugs), ensuring your system operates more efficiently and smoothly.
  • Hacks. 99% of hacked websites are nonprofits, blogs and small businesses. An up-to-date CMS is your first line of defense against these attacks. The longer you wait to update, the more vulnerable your site is.
  • Site crashes. Needless to say, they are never good — especially in the middle of an important giving campaign! An up-to-date CMS is stable, ensuring it can handle as much donor traffic as you need.
  • Costly future updates. We know you want to make future upgrades less painful and less expensive. Waiting too long between upgrades can be the difference between a complicated, costly process and a smooth transition.

Drive Your Mission & Empower Your Staff

Beyond peace of mind, an up-to-date CMS can set your nonprofit up for success:

  • Easy for staff. CMS updates aren’t exclusively focused on security and stability. New versions often include improvements to the control panel, making it easier for your staff use.
  • Speedy pages. People favor fast sites. Google favors fast sites. An updated CMS keeps your site purring like a sports car after a regular tune up, keeping your supporters and Google happy.
  • Innovate. In order to innovate you need the latest and greatest. The same is true for your CMS software. Using the most recent version ensures you have access to the best features available, giving your staff the foundation they need for agile, innovative marketing
  • Greater ROI. CMS updates are often included with the license you already paid for. Why not take advantage and maximize your current investment?

Your website is a critical piece of your digital marketing and advocacy. Keeping your CMS software up-to-date is essential for the security and stability of your site — and your mission.

Give your donors, board and staff peace of mind with an up-to-date CMS! Schedule a no-obligation consultation today!

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