WordPress 5.3 Master List

As is customary, the support team writes a Master List which gets posted to the forum with each major releaseMajor Release A set of releases or versions having the same major version number may be collectively referred to as “X.Y” -- for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, and all other versions in the 5.2. (five dot two dot) branch of that software. Major Releases often are the introduction of new major features and functionality., preparing responses to predicted questions and maintaining it with frequent issues, discovered bugs and so forth.

We will of course be following the same procedure with WordPress 5.3.

The preparations have been made for the layout of the post over at our GitHub repository for master lists.

Suggestions for changes can be made either as tickets or pull requests there, or as comments to this post if you’re not familiar with GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/.


Lets Get Ready for 3.7!

Normally I do an OMGWTFBBQ post. Here’s everything in my current draft, ready for editing by everyone!

The first section is ‘Stuff we, as mods, should be aware of.’ The second is the post itself 🙂

Major changes

Auto Upgrader
* How to disable
* In order for Automatic Updates to be enabled, there are a few simple requirements:
* If the install uses FTPFTP FTP is an acronym for File Transfer Protocol which is a way of moving computer files from one computer to another via the Internet. You can use software, known as a FTP client, to upload files to a server for a WordPress website. https://codex.wordpress.org/FTP_Clients. for updates (and prompts for credentials), automatic updates are disabled
* If the install is running as a SVNSVN Apache Subversion (often abbreviated SVN, after its command name svn) is a software versioning and revision control system. Software developers use Subversion to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation. Its goal is to be a mostly compatible successor to the widely used Concurrent Versions System (CVS). WordPress core and the wordpress.org released code are all centrally managed through SVN. https://subversion.apache.org/. or GITGit Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. Git is easy to learn and has a tiny footprint with lightning fast performance. Most modern plugin and theme development is being done with this version control system. https://git-scm.com/. checkout, automatic updates are disabled
* If the constants DISALLOW_FILE_MODS or AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED are defined, automatic updates are disabled
* If the constant WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE is defined as false, automatic updates are disabled
* Your WordPress install also needs to be able to contact WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ over HTTPSHTTPS HTTPS is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. This is especially helpful for protecting sensitive data like banking information. connections, so your PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. http://php.net/manual/en/intro-whatis.php. install also needs OpenSSL installed and working
* Wp-Cron needs to be operational, if for some reason cron fails to work for your install, Automatic Updates will also be unavailable
* What gets updated?
* What changed. ONLY changed files!
* Only for minor releases (3.7 to 3.7.1 but NOT 3.7.1 to 3.8)

Less Major Changes

  • Better search results
  • Password meter
  • Visual editor (TinyMCE) updated for Internet Explorer compatibility

Under the Hood

  • New dev tools
  • New author queries
  • MultisiteMultisite Multisite is a WordPress feature which allows users to create a network of sites on a single WordPress installation. Available since WordPress version 3.0, Multisite is a continuation of WPMU or WordPress Multiuser project. WordPress MultiUser project was discontinued and its features were included into WordPress core.https://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network. finally has a way to get an array of all sites on the network
  • Better inline documentation
  • Better date sorting in the posts page

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