WordPress 5.5 is now live and before you even think of pushing the 'Update Now' button, here are some very important things you need to know. Failing to take some steps before updating your WordPress may lead to disastrous effects, including unable to login and a broken WordPress site all together. But apart from the bad news, WordPress 5.5 is a fresh and and high anticipated WordPress update that is very timely (to say the very least).
Every major WordPress update is given a nickname and WordPress 5.5 is known as “Eckstine”.
At this point in time, we had successfully updated over 50 of our clients' sites to WordPress 5.5 and it is also important to state that there were around 8 to 10 sites that failed to update badly (we did prior backups before updating the core files).
So, what is WordPress 5.5 update all about?
WordPress 5.5 update is all about the new looks, features and overall usability in WordPress. The most distinctive thing about WordPress 5.5 is the Gutenberg blocks that had gone through a rather complete overhaul (display, UX and UI). Apart from that, WordPress 5.5 also offers automatic plugins and themes updates which are very timely too especially in keeping your WordPress site updated with the latest files.
wp_get_environment_type()and execute only the appropriate code.
get_template_part(), etc.) have a new
$argsargument. So now you can pass an entire array’s worth of data to those templates.
wp_opcache_invalidate()function during updates (including to plugins and themes).
The quickest way to update WordPress 5.5 is to do it via the wp-admin. Here's how do you it.
Head over to wp-admin » Updates » Install Updates.
By default, WordPress will send you a reminder to a full website backup before updating and we highly recommend you to do so. If you are using cPanel hosting, head over to your cPanel daskboard, search for "Backup" and click "Backup full site." Depending on the size of your website, it would take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours for the backup to complete.
If you are using hosting control panels as we do, you can do it manually via the backend dashboard. We use RunCloud.io (here's our RunCloud.io review) and you can perform a full backup including database by heading to RunCloud.io » Backups » Create Backup.
We had been using WordPress 5.5 for over 6 hours now, and we find it rather quick, lesser bug and more importantly, it creates a very pleasant user experience especially when you are using Gutenberg to create your post. As a matter of fact, this WordPress news is created entirely using Gutenberg.
Have you updated to WordPress 5.5 yet? Leave a comment and tell us more about it!