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WordPress 3.8.1 Maintenance Release – January 23, 2014

WordPress 3.8.1 Maintenance Release

As per WordPress’ blog, WordPress 3.8.1 addresses 31 bugs

WordPress 3.8.1 fixes a lot of issues that came along with the new WordPress Dashboard released in version 3.8  Since the Dashboard in 3.8 had major changes, including making it responsive, it is no surprise that some issues were found and corrected. There is also a fix for an issue found when embedding tweets that was due to changes made by Twitter in their API.  You can see all the changes in WordPress’ blog. 

Back in October 2013, WordPress released version 3.7.1 and with it came auto updates for minor updates like 3.8.1. This means that WordPress has probably already updated your website to 3.8.1. WordPress will not automatically update your website with major releases like 3.9.  You can always update your WordPress site by going to the to Dashboard, clicking on Updates and then clicking on  “Update Now.”

We think that letting your website get auto updated by WordPress is a bad idea because the WordPress update can cause a conflict with your existing plugins or themes and cause your website to crash or not work properly. If you have a business site, every minute that your site is down or not working properly equals a potential loss of clients and/or loss of money. You should always perform a full backup (database and files) of your website before doing any updates to your website.  We highly recommend that you disable WordPress automatic updates before the release of the next WordPress update. 

Here’s how to Disable the WordPress Automatic Updates before the next WordPress minor release:

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 before performing any update:

  1. Disable automatic updates in WordPress by adding the following line of code in your wp-config.php file:   define(‘AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED’, true );
  2. Perform a full backup of your website before upgrading.
  3. Check all your plugins and active theme and verify with manufacturer that they will work with this new release.
  4. Once you know the theme and plugins will work, update to this latest version of WordPress.
  5. Update your active theme if necessary.
  6. Update all your plugins if necessary.
  7. Test your entire site’s functionality and make sure everything is working.
  8. If something is not working, perform a full site recovery from your full backup.

What are your thoughts on the new release of WordPress 3.8.1? And do you think that auto updates by WordPress for minor releases are a good idea?

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