WordPress published new data that explains why WordPress 5.5 negatively affected millions of sites, a huge number. WordPress is publishing a maintenance release, version 5.5.1. It is designed to fill in as a fix to give time for plugin and theme developers to update their product.
The announcement about what turned out badly linked to a spreadsheet naming hundreds of plugin and themes that were affected.
The spreadsheet additionally notes what the particular issue is for each plugin and theme, which will help developers fix their plugins and themes.
The WordPress 5.5.1 maintenance release is designed to prevent websites from breaking. Yet, the errors will still need to be fixed.
WordPress portrayed the issue this way:
Plugin and theme developers have time until March 2021 to fix the code. Failure to fix the code will bring about another round of site failures.
As explained by WordPress:
“The plan is to remove this fallback code in two major versions, so this will be deleted in WordPress 5.7. This gives plugin and theme developer’s ample time to remove the conflicting code and switch to using wp.i18n”
The spreadsheet uncovered the previously unknown amount of sites that were broken.
There at first was easygoing hypothesis that the effect was moderately little and restricted to thousands of sites. However, that wasn’t the situation.
WordPress 5.5 negatively affected a millions of websites.
That’s why a fix was urgently released yesterday, September 1, 2020.
Not all the plugins on list continue to be broken. Some have been fixed.
There were many more themes that were affected. See link below for lists of all affected themes.
This maintenance update is intended to fix a wide range of errors that were found after 5.5 was released. For those that moved back their sites to previous version of WordPress because 5.5 was breaking their websites, this is the version that should be downloaded. Issues that were found have been fixed.
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