I’ve searched the site and support, but couldn’t find the answer (which doesn’t mean it isn’t there).
How will I know if I should apply a WordPress update or not. I don’t want to mess up anything relative to your Pro themes.
Very good question… there is always going to be a risk whenever someone updates WordPress, a theme, or even a plugin. I always recommend “everyone” to have a method of backing up their site and site files before they do any kind of update, especially with WordPress. There’s a few plugins out there that does backups, but you may want to consider VaultPress.
How future updates of WordPress will affect your third party plugins, or even other themes will always have a risk, but for the most part, you should be ok. It also depends on what version you are upgrading from as well, so if you’ve been on 3.6.0, then going to 3.6.1 should be fine. But, I still say always keep regular backups.
You should be fine with 3.6.1. I would make sure your plugins are of course updated if they don’t support the latest WP version. Preference was built when 3.5 was out which is why it states it was built on 3.5, but again, you should be ok with 3.6.1.
it would be recommended to update because updates often include security fixes…same for plugins as well. I generally make it a habit to read the Changelog details of what was updated or added first before I update anything.