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[resolved] Currently Installed Version of WordPress (8 posts)

  1. nicoleWP
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I had not been working on my site in a while and so when I looked at it I couldn't remember the last version of WP that I had installed. So when looking at the WordPress Updates section of my Dashboard, I expected to see something like "You have version x.x.x. An updated version of WordPress is available." As far as I can tell, there is no easy way to tell this from the Dashboard. I searched for an answer and someone in a post suggested to look in the footer of the Dashboard but I could only find Get Version 3.6.1 and I expected to find: You have x.x.x, get Version 3.6.1.

    Why is this important to me? I don't want to install the latest version of WordPress until I am certain that my installed theme and plugins are compatible with it. I want to be able to install only those plugins compatible with my current version of WP and for this I need to know my current version and need to be able to find it quickly.

    Thank you.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    As far as I can tell, there is no easy way to tell this from the Dashboard.

    Try looking in the Right Now pane of your Dashboard.

    I don't want to install the latest version of WordPress until I am certain that my installed theme and plugins are compatible with it

    Whilst I understand your hesitation, this is an extremely unwise position to take. Were you aware that using an older version of WordPress means that your site will be running a very real risk of being hacked? Sourcing a new plugin, because one of your existing plugins is no longer compatible with the latest version of WordPress is far, far, easier than trying to clean up after a hack,

  3. Mind you, if your website is that important and you can't have any downtime, invest time and (possibly) money in a sandbox where you can test your theme and plugins against the new versions :)

  4. nicoleWP
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Thanks esmi and Ipstenu for replying. I am normally very good about keeping everything updated. The site in question is a small business website which I stopping maintaining for a while only to find on my return that the website hasn't been updated.

    I take a conservative approach to WordPress. I try to install plugins and themes from vendors that I believe will keep on top of things but I generally wait a few weeks to let them iron out the bugs before updating the software/WP.

    I do think (and I am a person who has an opinion on User Experience (UX) issues generally) that the version no. is lost on the home page of the WordPress Dashboard. WordPress UX team should really think about also having that information prominently on the Updates page as that is where it is people need to have that info handy.

    I will follow up on your sandbox idea. (It was always my original intention to keep a dev version of the site updated to test changes out on before making changes to the live site but laziness got the better of me!)

  5. I take a conservative approach to WordPress. I try to install plugins and themes from vendors that I believe will keep on top of things but I generally wait a few weeks to let them iron out the bugs before updating the software/WP.

    I would agree that's wise with regards to major releases (3.5 to 3.6).

    But the minors (3.6 to 3.6.1) are unsafe with that strategy, as usually they're releasing info about the vulnerability along side the fix.

    Keep in mind, as of WP 3.7, we'll be auto-updating you for minor releases :)

  6. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    but I generally wait a few weeks to let them iron out the bugs before updating the software/WP.

    I don't understand;
    When an update is released you wait for the bugs to be resolved, but those bugs will only be resolved in another update .

  7. nicoleWP
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I don't understand;
    When an update is released you wait for the bugs to be resolved, but those bugs will only be resolved in another update ↺ .

    I wait for the plugin/theme developers' notifications that their software is "100% compatible" with the latest WP version.

    Example from my Dashboard:

    You have version 2.3.3 installed. Update to 2.5. View version 2.5 details.
    Compatibility with WordPress 3.5.2: 100% (according to its author)
    Compatibility with WordPress 3.6.1: Unknown

    (Actually in this case this plugin is compatible with 3.6.1 but for some reason WordPress doesn't know it yet.)

    If I were to update my plugins and then find out a specific plugin has an issue; is there an easy way to the previous version of the plugin?

  8. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I wait for the plugin/theme developers' notifications that their software is "100% compatible" with the latest WP version.

    Good luck with that. Not all currently supported plugins are updated with every single WordPress upgrade - simply because there is no need to update them. There is also the issue of plugins being abandoned by their developer - in which case, you'd be waiting ad finitum for an update.

    If (and it's a big "if") one of your plugins is no longer compatible with the current version of WordPress, it would be a lot easier and less stressful to look for another plugin compared to trying to clean up after a hacker has wrecked your site. The latter can takes weeks and be very expensive.

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