WordPress updates - Why You Can't Live Without Them

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Warren Denley (http://diywebsitecoach.com) explains what WordPress updates are all about and why you should care about them. This presentation also looks at how to manage updates.

Warren Denley (http://diywebsitecoach.com) explains what WordPress updates are all about and why you should care about them. This presentation also looks at how to manage updates.

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  • 1. WordPress Updates WhyYou Can’t Live Without Them Warren Denley . @WarrenDenley . diywebsitecoach.com
  • 2. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 What Updates? • WordPress core • Plugins • Themes
  • 3. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 How Will I Know? • Highlighted in your dashboard
  • 4. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 What Drives Updates? • Security • Constant battle between hackers and core developers • Side effect of being open source and popular Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/noiseh8r/155188377/
  • 5. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 What Drives Updates? • Functionality • New features • Better ways of doing things Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/4663140532/
  • 6. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 What Drives Updates? • Design Refresh • Things date quickly on the web Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/1287091701/
  • 7. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 Why Should I Care? • SECURITY! Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grimages/861321715/
  • 8. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 Why Should I Care? • SECURITY! • Why would someone hack MY site? • Botnets • Pharma spam • Your audience • Malware delivery • Just plain mischief
  • 9. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 What Should I Do? • BACK UP! Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanghaidaddy/1547549511/
  • 10. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 What Should I Do? • BACK UP! - My horror story Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estherase/501006985/
  • 11. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 What Should I Do? • BACK UP! • Visit Updates page
  • 12. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 What Should I Do?
  • 13. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 What Should I Do? • BACK UP! • Visit Updates page • Process in suggested order • Core • Plugins • Themes
  • 14. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 Special Considerations • Core updates • Just do it! • Plugin updates • May want to check plugin site for compatibility first • Generally no reason not to
  • 15. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 Special Considerations • Theme updates • Need to check how your theme was customised • Potential to lose styling and/or functionality • Updates to underlying framework generally OK
  • 16. WordPress 3.6 What’s New
  • 17. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 New Default Theme • Focus on blogging • Single column with widgetised footer • Supports post formats and semantic markup • Support for font based icons (genericons)
  • 18. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 New Default Theme
  • 19. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 Admin Enhancements • Enhancements to revisions
  • 20. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 Admin Enhancements • Enhancements to autosave and post locking Image credit: http://clickwp.com/blog/wordpress-36-features
  • 21. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 Admin Enhancements • In-line login following expired sessions
  • 22. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 Admin Enhancements • Changes in Navigation Menus screen
  • 23. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 Admin Enhancements • Preview audio and video in Media Edit screen • Ability to embed directly from more sources • Simply paste audio/video URL directly into visual editor • Most major source now supported (YouTube, Vimeo, Spotify, Rdio, etc)
  • 24. http://diywebsitecoach.com WordPress Melbourne User Group August 2013 Developer Enhancements • External libraries updated • More control over revisions • New filters for shortcodes • and a bunch of other stuff you probably don’t care about as users...
  • 25. Questions
  • 26. For more information and WordPress training join us at: Warren Denley . @WarrenDenley . diywebsitecoach.com http://diywebsitecoach.com https://facebook.com/diywebsitecoach