WordPress 5.1.1 Security and Maintenance Release Available

This release addresses security issues as well as includes changes to help site owners prepare for a minimum of PHP 5.2.

You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_5.1.1

You can also see a complete list of changes: https://core.trac.wordpress.org/query?status=closed&resolution=fixed&milestone=5.1.1&order=priority

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 5.1 Available

WordPress 5.1 focuses on performance and site health.

WordPress 5.1 focuses on performance improvements to the block editor as well as adds in a few nice touches to help site administrators focus on security and performance with the addition of a nice set of functions/features.

  • PHP Site Health (notification if you are running an out-of-date version of PHP.)
  • Fatal Error Protection (say goodbye to the white screen of death if a change is made that triggers a fatal error). WordPress is now able to detect most of these errors and recover from them.
  • Plugin PHP Version Notices (When looking for plugins to install, WordPress will now disable any plugins that require an incompatible version of PHP so they will not install.)
  • Custom Definable Debug Error Log (define( 'WP_DEBUG_LOG') Now you are able to define your custom error log path vs. the default /wp-content/debug.log.

You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_5.1

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 5.0.3 Maintenance Release Available

WordPress 5.0.3 fixes 36 bugs and 7 performance updates.

Things to note

Most of the updates/fixes were related to the block editor and Customizer.

You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_5.0.3

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 5.0.2 Maintenance Release Available

WordPress 5.0.2 is a maintenance release which fixes 73 bugs.

Things to note

  • Improved performance with blocks – 14 bugs were addressed which enhance performance. An additional 31 other block editor bugs were addressed too.
  • Bundled theme bug fixes  – 17 bugs were addressed in the bundled themes.
  • Internationalization (i8n) script loading issues were also fixed.

You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_5.0.2

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 5.0.1 Security Release Available

WordPress 5.0.1 is a security release available now and should be applied immediately.

This update addresses a security issue that affects all WordPress versions since 3.7 and fixes a number of vulnerabilities.

You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_5.0.1

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 5.0 Available

WordPress 5.0 is a major release with a new editor focused on making publishing content easier than ever.

Say hello to Gutenberg.  Gutenberg allows you to build content using blocks for text, media, code, quotes, etc.  If you prefer – you can also go with the Classic Editor (which will be supported for at least 2 years. (See screenshot below as an example). 

WordPress 5.0 also comes with a beautiful new theme (Twenty Nineteen) which fully utilizes the new block structure introduced in WordPress 5.0.  There are a number of other gems in this release and I encourage you to download the latest release so you can start managing your content more efficiently.

You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_5.0

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 4.9.8 Maintenance Release Available

WordPress 4.9.8 is a maintenance release which addresses 46 bug fixes.

With this update – you will also see the option to “try” the new block editor Gutenberg before it gets released with WordPress 5.0.

You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.9.8

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 4.9.7 Security and Maintenance Release Available

WordPress 4.9.7 is a security and maintenance release available now and should be applied immediately.

This update addresses a security issue that affects all WordPress versions since 3.7 which potentially allows users (with certain capabilities defined) to delete files outside of the uploads directory. This update also fixes 17 other known bugs.

You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.9.7

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

HOWTO: Easily Disable Comments on Posts in WordPress

After a recent WordPress blog import – I needed to make sure comments were not allowed on any previous or future posts. You can easily disable any future posts from having comments by changing the setting in “Settings > Discussion > “Allow people to post comments on new articles” (see screenshot) – but you can override that setting on a post by post basis when editing older posts.

Now the I had all comments set to off for future posts – it was time to address the older/existing posts which all had “Allow comments” set to yes. In order to quickly change all existing posts I used the “Bulk Actions” option when listing all posts. From there I selected “Edit” and then made sure all of the posts were highlighted (50 at a time).

That then brought up the option to set Comments to “Do not allow” for the selected posts. After going through this process a few times – all my posts now had comments turned off and I was done.

You could also update all your posts with a database query – but this way allows you to quickly and easily take care of changing your comment status, post format type, author, status, categories, and tags.

Lesson learned: do not underestimate the power of the “Bulk Actions” for making quick/easy changes to your posts.

WordPress 4.9.6 Privacy and Maintenance Release Available

WordPress 4.9.6 is a privacy and maintenance release in order to help with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR)

Things to note

  • Privacy Policy – Create/specify a privacy policy page now in Admin > Settings > Privacy. Once you designate a page as your privacy policy page – it will show up as a link on your user registration and login pages.
  • Right to Remove – WordPress now has the ability for site owners to export all user data as well as erase user data per GDPR.

You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.9.6

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.