Postponing WordPress 5.5 Updates

postpone WordPress 5.5 update

Since the release of WordPress 5.5 on August 11th, Maintainn has observed a few sites reporting issues with JavaScript. Even WordPress.com has seen these issues come up due to incompatible JavaScript. They shared a workaround with the community to help overcome this issue last week. 

What does this mean for you? If you haven’t updated to the most recent version of WordPress, it might be a good idea to hold off on the update for now. Instead, wait for the next patch release of version 5.5.1. Waiting will give other theme and plugin developers time to update so that they are compatible with this latest version of WordPress.

In turn, this should hopefully help overcome the issues we are seeing rather than going with a temporary workaround. If you have already updated to 5.5 and are experiencing problems, try the suggested workaround of installing and activating jQuery Migrate Helper plugin. And if you have updated and everything is working as expected, you’re good to go.

With that in mind, Maintainn will postpone pushing out WordPress 5.5 to our maintenance plan subscribers until a new patch is released. At the time of this article, a release date has not been announced for the next patch release. 

You might ask, what about security and staying up-to-date? While we generally encourage using the most recent version of WordPress, themes, and plugins, in these rare instances, it is sometimes best to practice some patience. The current version of WordPress introduced some new features and enhancements. It was not a security release. So, it is safe to hold off on the update for now and see if the next patch corrects the issues.

Some hosting providers have opted to update their customers, which is how this issue was initially discovered. If your host has automatically updated your site and you are noticing problems, feel free to reach out to us using our client portal, live chat feature on our website, or simply send an email to [email protected].

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