WordPress is a free, award winning, open source blogging tool that has transformed from its humble, first release in 2003 to the robust platform it is today, used by almost 19% of all websites (that’s more than 60 million!).
The core developers of WordPress regularly release both minor and major updates. Sometimes the releases are focused on behind the scenes fixes or security issues and other times focus on revamping aesthetics. Whatever the focus, keeping the WordPress system updated keeps WP websites secure and feature rich. Ironically, not updating your site, at some point, means that your site can’t be easily updated and is probably ripe for being hacked.
Version 3.7 (Basie) was released in October. Much needed password related features were added but this update was really about updating. With 3.7, websites would begin applying core WordPress updates automatically. Automatically!
Most of the WordPress sites we develop use both custom and third party plugins to provide added functionality to the websites. If WordPress updates while you sleep, but requires modifications to some of the plugins, you might wake one morning to a broken website. Fortunately, WordPress recognizes that automatic core updates aren’t a good idea for all sites and by adding a single line of code to the config.php file, we can require that a site owner or webmaster initiate all major updates to the platform. Minor updates would still happen automatically at night.
Enter WordPress version 3.8 “Parker”, the first major automatic update. (read about new features). For most users, this update is mostly about aesthetics. The Admin now sports high resolution graphics and crisp text on Retina displays. The 3.8 Admin is now responsive, so no matter how you access WordPress (smartphone, tablet, notebook, desktop) it will adapt to fit the screen nicely.
We’ve already begun testing the latest 3.8 updates on client sites with service plans and as we determine each is safe to upgrade we will do so.
Questions about your current website and what 3.8 might mean for you? Get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!