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  • You have to wait a few minutes with this link above, to see the health check messages appear.

    Health check cites a critical issue because I update my WP manually. The WP installation guidelines say that I need backup manually update and check that the update completes ok. I accepted when I installed that I could not change to automatic update. Yet Health Check calls this a critical error. Since there is only a single line of code to delineate manual vs automatic, why not put a toggle with an If then Else, to allow either mode. But please, take that critical error out of Health Check and make it a comment reminding the webmaster to update.

    Health check also cites an error that I have to update my PHP to the current version 7.1. Ahem, guys, it is already at the current version……. please check this error and get that message sorted.

    Finally, Health check tells me that a program is missing. That program is The optional module, imagick, which is not installed, or has been disabled. Guys, I disabled imagick because I need fast image loading from small jpg files. The installation notes cautioned that installing this high definition image rendering, places a performance load on loading images. My instructions are to minimise overhead and maintain speed and formatting.

    Health Check should not be taking its own path when it comes to messages. It needs to be consistent and harmonized with the overall guidelines for installation of WP. I really think that these 3 messages from health check should be removed. I have no intention of being influenced by a plug in that is not aligned with the WP design recommendations

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  • Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator

    Health check cites a critical issue because I update my WP manually.

    Automated updates are very strongly recommended as many contain critical security fixes for vulnerabilities that of course become public knowledge once they’re released: https://wordpress.org/news/category/security/

    If you let WordPress update automatically, your installation is patched immediately. If you do not let WordPress update automatically, your installation is vulnerable until you complete a manual update.

    Health check also cites an error that I have to update my PHP to the current version 7.1.

    The current version of the PHP 7.1 branch is 7.1.29, please make sure you’re on that version: https://www.php.net/downloads.php

    Also, please keep in mind that branch will no longer receive security updates as of December 2019, so we recommend the 7.3 branch: https://www.php.net/supported-versions.php

    The optional module, imagick, which is not installed, or has been disabled.

    Imagick is preferred by WordPress over GD due to higher quality and lower server resources. WordPress will fall back to GD when Imagick is not present.

    Overall, please keep in mind that the point of Health Check is to help direct you to the best possible WordPress installation. You can choose to ignore the suggestions, and that’s fine, it is your site.

    Just keep in mind a few key points:

    1. Health Check will direct you to what the WordPress core developers consider to be the best case scenario for a WordPress installation.

    2. Health Check cannot read your mind to determine the context behind your own decisions.

    3. You do not need to win a perfect score in Health Check.

    4. This is _your_ WordPress installation, which you can choose to run as you see fit.

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