Maintainn and Critical Updates

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Do you or a loved one run a WooCommerce based eCommerce website to power your business? In July of 2021, WooCommerce forced critical updates to stores, surprising business owners .

As startling as this action was, it’s actually a good thing that it happened. The WooCommerce team detected a critical vulnerability and was proactive, preventing nefarious damage across the eCommerce ecosystem.

Beau Lebens, Head of Engineering for WooCommerce, published “Critical Vulnerability Detected in WooCommerce on July 13, 2021 – What You Need to Know.” The announcement outlined what happened and what was going on, as well as addressed common questions.

Maintainn Stepped Up

Once Maintainn learned of the security release and the seriousness of it, we stepped up to do our part, as well. Every Maintainn client running a WooCommerce store received a review of their site’s status. Additionally, our crew manually updated those websites that missed the forced update.

Essential Security Releases

All security releases undergo this process of review and update. This isn’t only for WooCommerce-based sites. Any plugin we hear about that has critical security updates gets the same treatment. We review our clients, checking who’s using a vulnerable version, and process updates.

Communication

We deliver communications on social media when these times arise, letting our clients know we’re aware and handling the situation. If you’re a Twitter user, make sure to follow us over at @maintainn. If you prefer Facebook, you can find us at Maintainn on Facebook.

Other places that you can check on known active work is at our Announcements page. This page will show general announcements coming from Maintainn. Newly discovered critical updates are also revealed on this page, along with an estimate of when they will be tackled.

Did you know that our announcements also show on your admin dashboard? If you have the “Maintainn Dashboard Widget” active, you can see the latest announcements.

Screenshot of the Maintainn Dashboard widget with announcement at top.

Security updates and work are also reflected in your annual client report. Are you curious about the work getting done? Reviewing the report is definitely one way to confirm. If you find that you’re still on a vulnerable version, please reach out so that we can address the issue.

If we’re having trouble addressing reported vulnerabilities with your website, we reach out directly. This way we can discuss what we’re seeing and determine best steps forward to resolve any issues.

We’re Here for You

Proactive updates are a benefit of having a maintenance team supporting your website. A good WordPress maintenance team will stay on top of news and goings on and act accordingly so that you don’t have to.

Maintainn prides itself as being one of the best WordPress and WooCommerce maintenance teams available. We strive to remain top notch by doing well for our customers in the face of security fixes and beyond. This summer’s WooCommerce vulnerability is another in a long line of client protection.

Are you in need of a WordPress maintenance team or want to switch from your current one? Sign up for a maintenance plan with Maintainn. You can review our available plans on the Plans page. If you have any questions about which is best for your site, please reach out via the contact page or live chat. We are happy to answer your queries.

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