WordPress 3.7.1 Maintenance Release – October 29,2013
As per WordPress’ blog, “WordPress 3.7.1 maintenance release addresses 11 bugs”.
The reason this WordPress Maintenance release is so special is that with this release WordPress will be rolling out the all-new automatic background updates.
I have very mixed feelings about this new feature that automatically updates the WordPress websites. From a WordPress administrator’s perspective, I do not like to have anything updated automatically on a website. Automatic updates (by definition) can occur anytime after a WordPress release. Updates, upgrades, and all major changes to a website should always be done by an administrator after the website has been backed up. What happens if the automatic update causes your website to crash? Let’s a take a look at a worst-case scenario:
- You do a full backup of your website on Monday at 12:01 AM
- Your website is being changed throughout the day (posts, purchases, comments, etc. )
- On Monday at 11 PM, WordPress sends out a new release and updates your website automatically
- Your website crashes due to something in the new release and you’re now losing money every minute it’s down
- You decide to restore from your last backup to avoid losing any more money. Since your website was last backed up at 12:01 AM, you have now just lost almost 24 hours of data and changes.
- This scenario can be avoided by not allowing automated updates.
As a WordPress user, automated updates sound awesome and it’s a really cool feature to have. However, WordPress should instead implement a system where it allows the administrator to set the time the automated backups are done. This would give administrators more control and reduce the number of disaster scenarios like the one mentioned above. We will have to wait and see what the verdict is on WordPress’ new auto-update feature.
Here’s how to Disable the WordPress Automatic Updates:
Disabling automatic updates in WordPress requires that you add the following line of code in your wp-config.php file:
define(‘AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED’, true );
As with any release of WordPress, WP-MONITOR recommends that you do the following:
- If you have WordPress 3.7 or later, disable automatic updates in WordPress by adding the following line of code in your wp-config.php file: define(‘AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED’, true );
- Perform a full backup of your website before upgrading.
- Check all your plugins and active theme and verify with manufacturer that they will work with this new release.
- Once you know the theme and plugins will work, update to this latest version of WordPress.
- Update your active theme if necessary.
- Update all your plugins if necessary.
- Test your entire site’s functionality and make sure everything is working.
- If something is not working, perform a full site recovery from your full backup.
As per WordPress’s blog, the major bug fixes in this release include:
- Images with captions no longer appear broken in the visual editor.
- Allow some sites running on old or poorly configured servers to continue to check for updates from WordPress.org.
- Avoid fatal errors with certain plugins that were incorrectly calling some WordPress functions too early.
- Fix hierarchical sorting in get_pages(), exclusions in wp_list_categories(), and in_category() when called with empty values.
- Fix a warning that may occur in certain setups while performing a search, and a few other notices.
What are your thoughts on having your WordPress website automatically updated? Good or Bad Idea?
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