WordPress 5.2 update delivers more security

WordPress 5.2 update delivers more security

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 protects against supply chain attacks.

Site Health was introduced in February to alert site owners when they use outdated PHP versions. The feature also checks to see if plugins are compatible and will not allow a plugin to be activated if it is incompatible 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 safely fix or manage fatal errors without relying 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 is 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. Not only does it remain a powerful tool for bloggers, but it also helps organizations of all shapes and sizes to run their businesses online.

Due to its popularity, the site is a common target for hack attempts. These added security measures will surely be welcomed if you’re among the millions of WordPress users. Not updating your WordPress website opens it to vulnerabilities, creating a potential disaster in your online presence.

Keeping your WordPress core, themes, and plugins updated is incredibly important to the overall security of your website and having a reliable backup strategy. For complete peace of mind, you may outsource 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 regarding 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 excellent value monthly WordPress maintenance plans range from just $55 per month – a small price to ensure your website is healthy, optimized for SEO purposes, and secure.

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