This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 125
WordPress 5.0.2 is already out. It fixes 73 bugs and improves the new block-based editor. Hopefully, this will be the last release until after New Years, as the rapid releases have the community split. To me, it feels just like WordPress 5.0 was an early access video game, and now the developers have to release updates quickly to counter potential negative press and provide the experience they advertised.
At PressTitan, we still don’t recommend updating to the 5.0 releases until early to mid-January and want to remind everyone to test the updates on a staging site before doing it on your live site.
SiteGround has a post that talks through their experience with over seven hundred thousand sites updating to WordPress 5.0. The article title mentions the number of sites and then goes through the issues experienced, but never gives us numbers for the issues, so we don’t have any idea what the true percentage was or even if it increased the number of support tickets generated versus other updates. So it is a good article that could have been great. What a shame.
Over on Torque Mag, there is a post that covers how to enforce secure passwords on your WordPress website. It basically asks you to install a plugin that doesn’t allow for weak user passwords. Unfortunately, most password strength measuring systems are super flawed, so your mileage may vary. Any time I think about secure passwords, I think about the XKCD comic that talks about how silly our letter to number substitutions are or how sad it is that no one can remember their passwords anymore. The comic gives a good suggestion on how to create a strong password by stringing together four random four letters or longer words that are common and that you can create a mental image or unique sentence from and remember.
I have been working on a project for PressTitan to help people resolve their own WordPress site speed problems. It is a step by step guide that walks you through testing and resolving common issues. We call it Chariot and if you listen to this show, you’ll be the first people to see it and hopefully provide me with some feedback. It is still very much a work in process, but I’m hoping that over time, I can create something helpful and easy to use. You can find it at chariot dot presstitan dot com.
Lastly, this Friday, December 21st will be the last episode of The WP Minute for 2018. Hopefully, you’ll all be back in 2019 where I hope to continue the show and bring even more WordPress content!
That’s it for today’s WP Minute, thank you all for watching.