This Tuesday, WordPress unveiled their latest update – WordPress 4.6 Pepper. The update comes with some slick new features (more on those later) but also a warning – make sure you install it correctly, otherwise your site will be kaput.
Do I Need to Do Anything?
Well, that depends:
✓ I Host With BizzyWeb
If you host with BizzyWeb, we automatically update your website and all plugins. Go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief. This post is just information for you. Again: if you host with us, you’re covered.
✖ I Don’t Host With BizzyWeb
However, if you do not host with BizzyWeb, your website may be at risk. Do NOT upgrade your website to WordPress 4.6 Pepper before contacting us or your web developer. Why? Genesis, that lovely little behind-the-scenes plugin that makes your website look its best, doesn’t play nice with the new WordPress update. You need to update this before updating WordPress, otherwise your site won’t display correctly to visitors. Yikes! It’s also never a good idea to poke around with settings on your own, so we strongly recommend you contact our support. It’s completely free to contact us, and we can tell you what you need to do so you don’t accidentally break your site. And if you don’t want to deal with this headache in the future, our hosting programs cover all your updates so you don’t have to worry.
What IS The Update?
There are three main features in WordPress 4.6 Pepper that you’ll want to pay attention to:
- Inline Link Checker – WordPress will now alert you if you have a broken link in your post/page, so you can fix it before it’s live on your site.
- Content Recovery – WordPress now saves your content in your browser as well, so if your browser crashes you can easily pick up where you left off, even if you didn’t hit “save.”
- Increased Speed – WordPress streamlined their overall interface, so it’ll run faster on your computer.
There’s also a snappy video to walk you through how it looks:
For the full technical breakdown, check out WordPress’ official release on WordPress 4.6 Pepper.
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