WordPress 5.2 “Jaco” Release

WordPress 5.2 was released earlier this week, on 7 May 2019. 5.2 is a major release that includes 229 bug fixes and 59 enhancements. It brings significant new features: Site Health PHP fatal recovery (WSOD protection) Update package signing Gutenberg updates wp-admin accessibility updates New dashboard icons Plugin compatibility checks […]

WordPress raises minimum PHP version to 5.6

With the launch of WordPress 5.2 the minimum supported PHP version has been raised to PHP 5.6. WordPress hosted on servers with less than PHP 5.6 will no longer be able to update and will see an error which reads Your server is running PHP version 5.5.38 but WordPress 5.2 […]

WordPress 5.1.1 Maintenance Release

WordPress 5.1.1 was released today. 5.1.1. is a maintenance release that includes 10 bug fixes and enhancements. This includes several regressions introduced in 5.1 What does it fix? Issues fixed in the WordPress 5.1.1 Maintenance Release: Security fixes that handle how comments are filtered and then stored in the database. […]

WordPress 5.1 “Betty” Release

WordPress 5.1 was released today. 5.1 is a major release that includes 303 bug fixes and 156 enhancements – launching the first “site health check” functionality and further performance improvements for the Gutenberg editor. Site Health Check The Site Health Check project is a collaborative multi-team project with a focus […]

Why I decided to switch from Chrome to Firefox

Two years ago I took the leap and started using Google Chrome as my browser of choice. This came after over a decade of using Firefox. Chrome was all the hype – everyone was saying it was better, faster, smarter – but what really made me change was when the […]

How often should a WordPress website be backed up

Backups are without a doubt an important way to safeguard a website from damage. Websites are increasingly becoming a critical part of running a business – they often serve as the first point of contact with a customer – proving details of goods and services as well as contact details. […]

8 reasons to not trust web host backups

Having up-to-date reliable backups of your WordPress site is one of the best steps to protecting it from disaster. Web hosts often provide a backup service. They’re typically automatic and managed by your host – which makes them an attractive option – but can you trust it? Let’s explore some […]

WSOD protection feature bumped from WordPress 5.1

Earlier this week security concerns were raised about the WSOD (White Screen Of Death) feature which was planned to be released in the upcoming WordPress 5.1 release. The feature got as far as beta 2 but has been withdrawn so the security concerns can be properly addressed. The decision to revert a […]