WordPress 3.5.1 just came out yesterday.  It contains 37 bug fixes as well as some security updates.  Per the WordPress blog some of the bug fixes include:

  • Editor: Prevent certain HTML elements from being unexpectedly removed or modified in rare cases.
  • Media: Fix a collection of minor workflow and compatibility issues in the new media manager.
  • Networks: Suggest proper rewrite rules when creating a new network.
  • Prevent scheduled posts from being stripped of certain HTML, such as video embeds, when they are published.
  • Work around some misconfigurations that may have caused some JavaScript in the WordPress admin area to fail.
  • Suppress some warnings that could occur when a plugin misused the database or user APIs.

Potential Issue For Some Servers

A bug affecting Windows servers running IIS can cause the update to fail.  Never fear though.  WordPress has some advice.  If you receive the error “Destination directory for file streaming does not exist or is not writable,” you will need to follow the steps outlined on theWordPress Codex.

Don’t Forget the Backup

As always, backup your site first.  I use the  WP-DB-Backup plugin.  (I know it hasn’t been updated in years, but it works great!)  Once the plugin is installed, click on Tools > Backup.  In the Backup Options section click on “Download to your computer”.  Then click on “Backup now!”   You’ll see something like the below.

When it’s done, just download the backup to your computer.  Once you have your backup, follow the instructions on the WordPress dashboard for updating the software.

Problems After the Backup?

Most of the time the backup will literally take about two minutes and there will be no issues at all.  In those few instances were there are problems:

  • Disable plugins one at a time to see if that clears the issue.  If a plugin is incompatible with a WordPress upgrade then see if there’s an update for the plugin.  If there isn’t, email the developer of the plugin and ask for help.
  • If the plugins aren’t causing the problem then the next issue to look at is the WordPress theme.  Try switching to another theme to see if the problem goes away. If it does then check for a theme update.

You can also have me look at the issue.  Feel free to contact me if you have problems after a WordPress upgrade.  I’m also offering an inexpensive backup and upgrade service.  Again, contact me if your interested.

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