It’s officially summer here in North America, and with the change of seasons comes the release of the WordPress 4.9.7 update! Many WordPress contributors are currently focused on the planned roll-out for Gutenberg in WordPress 5.0, so there are no new features for clients nor developers in this update. Instead, 4.9.7 resolves a total of 17 bugs, including one where a logged-in user account could be made to modify files via a media metadata exploit.
My favorite change in 4.9.7 is to the WordPress Events and News section on your Dashboard. This handy widget displays both WordPress Meetups and WordCamps near you, ordered by date, and introduces the WordPress Community to WordPress users and website owners who may not know that Meetup groups or WordCamps exist.
All Maintainn clients have been updated to WordPress 4.9.7 with no issues.
Keeping your site up-to-date, including both plugins and core WordPress, is a critically important part of owning and managing a successful website. Just like with a car, regular maintenance of your website prevents smaller problems from becoming larger ones in the future. Unlike a car, it’s possible to make a copy of your website and safely test updates there before making those updates on your live site. Many website hosts, like WPEngine, let you do this with the click of one button!
If you aren’t updating your site and plugins on a weekly or monthly basis, or if you’ve encountered errors in performing this update, contact us. We’d be glad to take on the serious responsibility of keeping your website safe and secure. Take a look at our plans and sign up today.