Show of hands: your IT or web provider is telling about some issue or another and even though you’re nodding away in agreement you have zero clue what s/he is talking about. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every tech issue could be put into terms you can easily wrap your head around?
For example, the topic of why installing theme and plugin updates on an open source website publishing platform (WordPress, Joomla, Drupla, etc.) are important but how installing said updates can also cause problems if you don’t go about it the smart way.
If that sounds important but your eyes are still glazing over, then I have a treat in store for you today!
Aaron Overton, my Lead Technical Developer for the Venture Platform, published a fantastic article at ArtsHacker.com today that provides one of the best examples I’ve come across for explaining a complex topic using an accessible non-tech example anyone in our field will understand in a heartbeat.
Read The Pros And Cons Of WordPress Plugin Updates at ArtsHacker.com
When an orchestra plays, each musician has his/her own part to follow. They are designed to work together by a single composer to create a cohesive whole, a production with real polish.
But now imagine that each part was written by different composers who are supposed to be following some central guidelines, but are largely able to do whatever they want. And now imagine that these composers can “improve” their own scores and introduce them into the overall production at any time, including in the middle of a live performance.
One word: cacophony.
If you use a lot of plugins on a WordPress site, or any open source publishing platform such as Drupal or Joomla, this is almost exactly what you are doing, especially if you have auto-updates activated.