Good news for all WordPress website owners – the WordPress 5.2 update includes several security updates including health check features, PHP error protection, new dashboard icons and more.

Millions of WordPress sites have been updated to version 5.2 which enhances security and adds protection against supply chain attacks.

Back in February, Site Health was introduced to alert site owners when they are using outdated versions of PHP. The feature also checks to see if plugins are compatible and will not allow a plugin to be activated if it is not compatible with the site.

The latest version of WordPress core adds two new Site Health pages to help admins debug common configuration issues and a space for developers to add “debugging” information for website managers.

In addition, version 5.2 features PHP Error Protection, which helps site owners to safely fix or manage fatal errors without having to rely on developer resources. It better handles the dreaded white screen of death by pausing error-causing plugins or themes

The latest version of WordPress core – dubbed ‘Jaco’, in honor of the American jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius – also comes with improved contextual awareness and better keyboard navigation flow for anyone using screen readers or assistive technologies. There are 13 new dashboard icons — including Instagram and BuddyPress — and automatic checks to determine if a website’s version of PHP is compatible with installed plugins

Any websites running an old version of PHP (5.6.20 or earlier) will need to update their PHP before installing the WordPress 5.2 update.

30% of the web now powered by WordPress

WordPress is the most widely used CMS in the world – it now powers 30% of the web. What began as a blogging platform has become the fastest growing CMS on the market. Not only does it remain a powerful tool for bloggers, but it also helps organisations of all shapes and sizes to run their business online.

Due to its popularity, the site is a common target for hack attempts. If you’re among the millions of WordPress users, these added security measures are sure to be welcomed. Not updating your WordPress website leaves it open to vulnerabilities, creating a potential disaster in terms of your online presence.

Keeping your WordPress core, themes and plugins updated is incredibly important to the overall security of your website, as well as having a reliable back up strategy. For complete peace of mind, you may wish to outsource looking after your website security to somebody with the necessary expertise, such as WP Tech Support.

At WP Tech Support, your website’s security is our priority and we know exactly what we’re looking for when it comes to site vulnerabilities. We handle all aspects of your WordPress site’s security and maintenance to ensure you’re protected – including backing up your website to our secure cloud server for complete peace of mind.

Our great value monthly plans range from just £35 per month – a small price to pay to ensure your website is healthy, optimised for SEO purposes and secure.