Is your website running WordPress 3.7? If so, you may soon be automatically upgraded to version 3.8. Better make sure your Theme and Plugins are compatible!
In a discussion this week, WordPress developer Aaron Jorbin asked if it was time to stop back porting fixes to 3.7 – 4.0 and instead update those sites directly to 4.1.
WordPress.org version statistics show that only 0.4% of tracked sites are still using WordPress 3.7 (introduced in 2013). As with all software, there needs to be an end of support for old versions to allow for future software development, and with version 4.9 fast approaching, now seems like the right time for 3.7.
The built-in upgrade system already handles minor version updates, but pushing a major update from WordPress 3.7 to 4.1 would cause many compatibility issues and broken sites. Of course the WordPress core team doesn’t want that to happen, so they are evaluating just pushing an update to 3.8, with an upgrade plan to get all sites running 4.1.
If your site is running a old version of WordPress, it’s time to think about upgrading. Creating a copy of your website to a test environment will allow you to update the WordPress core, Theme, and Plugins to confirm everything is working properly before going live.
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