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  • Please please stop all these ridiculous updates! Sone of us are one-man businesses and do not have teams at our disposal working on keeping up with every software update. Running a one man business is very time consuming as it is. Now I find there has been an update, maybe next year I will find some time to learn how to use it, if I can get past the unreadability of my text in the new block editor, and in the meantime all my metadata has dissappaered probably because my version of Yoast doesn’t work with the update, and my contact forms no longer work, losing me clients and I have no time to deal with any of this. If you want to crush small businesses and thus help the multinationals achieve complete domination then please keep doing more of these updates and you will succeed.

    • This topic was modified 6 months, 3 weeks ago by tomeksok.
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  • If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!

    It’s not updated unless something is, you know, broken.

    If you do not want to update to the next version of WordPress then don’t.

    If you want to crush small businesses

    Really? That’s irresponsible.

    *Drinks coffee*

    Minor version releases are made to fix real problems. When that includes security updates then that’s even more critical to get that out. Updates are not pushed out gratuitously.

    Your small business will close and get shuttered if your site is hacked. Once your site is marked as that then search engines, anti-virus and other security systems won’t let their users visit your site. You’re out of business and would have a real problem on your hands.

    If you want to disable updates, and that’s really unwise, try one of these plugins.

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/search/updates/

    Hey

    Yeah it is frustrating with all the updates. Let’s say that a typical client site has 15 plugins, and most of these plugins have an update once a month because of some feature/bug/etc reason to update.

    I work a bit with a friend and his company. His company uses the ManageWP (pay) service to which I can login and go through site to site about once a month and update. Daily backups are also activated for all the sites. There are other options to ManageWP such as I believe the free (I think) infinitewp and others I do not recall the name of right now. These kinds of services make it a little easier updating all the sites.

    Btw I myself run a one man circus (make web sites and help with adding material etc) and I am so so good/sloppy when it comes to updating client sites (usually nonprofit or smaller business sites). Most of them I have installed the plugin companion auto update and I hope that the various updates work alright. If not the client themselves will tell me that something is wrong with their site. I then just clock my time with Timecamp and fix the problem and then let the client how what I did to fix it. I have for instance experienced that I need to be careful in updating Caldera Forms, so for that plugin I do not have an auto update on, but manually update on occasion, and then test it out afterward.

    Bottom line for me would be to have a good working WordPress Core auto update. As is coming along here: https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/48850
    An option or auto reverse an update if it makes unexpected changes to the site. That sounds a lot harder to do. As it might be difficult to know what is a good working update and what if something went wrong.

    I do believe updating will become easier when we have the option direct in core to select what to auto update, and which plugin etc not to auto update, or so I hope.

    Daniel

    (@dkangy)

    Jan Dembowski (@jdembowski),

    “If you do not want to update to the next version of WordPress then don’t.”

    Then you continue to say, it’s unwise not to update, and if we don’t update we risk getting hacked. Well there’s not much of choice then is there? In fact, it’s very much a catch-22 situation. Eat whatever WordPress shoves down your throat or suffer the consequences. Great. Very helpful.

    I think what tomeksok (@tomeksok) meant by “… all these ridiculous updates!” (and I could be wrong) is all the unnecessary features that come with some of these updates. Like the addition of a TikTok block in 5.4 for example. Really? Was that a high priority? Did that fix a security issue? Who asked for that? Are middle school children making the decisions at WordPress now?

    Maybe I’m just an old Millennial, but I personally have no use for such things and neither does my clientele. Seems like unwanted bloat to me. And where does it end? Where’s the Netflix block, the iHeartRadio block, heck lets toss in a PornHub block while we’re at it. I’m sure that will get some use. Are we going to have a block for every single platform across the internet? The removal of the CollegeHumor block proves my point. These things are not necessary or useful to the vast majority of WordPress site developers and they are definitely not a priority

    *Drinks coffee*

    But that seems to be the pickle WordPress has gotten itself into. Before, it only needed to cater to the needs of developers. The developers then catered to the needs of their respective clients. In the end creating a CMS tailored just for them. Boom! We’re all in business, everyone’s happy. It was truly a beautiful thing.

    Now however, WordPress seems to be trying to cater to both. Where you as the developer clearly haven’t a clue what your client’s needs are anymore. In-fact your client doesn’t know their own needs either. Only the all knowing WordPress can tell you what both you need! And that’s Gutenberg, and blocks, and so many damn updates it’ll make your head spin and Windows OS envious! And we need to keep you distracted from getting anything done so it’s gonna be CollegeHumor today and TikTok tomorrow but don’t get too use to any of that cause that all change…. In the next update.

    Now don’t get me wrong here. There have been updates with very useful features. Recently, that list has been short however. I think some of us just feel left in the dust here and are running out of options. With every update that comes along I have to ask myself “Is this the update that puts the final nail in the coffin for me?”. It’s down right terrifying!

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    Thanks for the random @ ping?

    Then you continue to say, it’s unwise not to update, and if we don’t update we risk getting hacked.

    That’s not true and that’s sure not what I meant.

    @dkangy What you do not understand is that old versions back to WordPress 3.7 have been gettung security updates. Considering how long ago 3.7 was released that’s remarkable.

    What I wrote stands. WordPress 5.4 just came out. If you are not sure them remain on the current 5.3.x code base and do not upgrade to 5.4. If there is a security issue then 5.3.x will get a patch as well. WordPress does not force anyone to upgrade to the next major release and that includes 5.4.

    Hi – coder here, but not for WordPress.

    With minor releases, most software (including WordPress) generally do not alter any of the public interfaces that things like themes and plugins should be using. When a minor update breaks a theme or plugin, there is a decent (though not certain) chance the theme or plugin was either doing something it should not have been doing or was using a feature with a security vulnerability that had to be fixed.

    With major releases, most software (including WordPress) generally broadcast the API changes during the development cycle long before the actual release, which gives plugin and theme developers time to adjust their themes and plugins to adapt to any new changes they need to adapt to.

    My personal frustration with WordPress is not that it updates too frequently, but that it doesn’t bring the changes I want – such as deprecated PHP pre 7 or introducing PSR-7 autoloading into core, etc.

    So be happy I’m not in charge, and cut them some slack. Plugins and Themes that break are likely not the fault of the WP core devs, who are way more conservative than I know I would like.

    The plugin and theme developers need to read about upcoming changes and adjust accordingly. That’s part of the responsibility of publishing a plugin or theme.

    Hi @pipfroschpress @dkangy @tomeksok
    Thanks for your comments here. However, these forums are not meant to be a discussion club. As an example, after some time, posts get closed automatically by the system so that not even moderators can open them.
    Therefore I’m going to draw a line here and close this thread now, since further discussions and me-too don’t really add much new value.

    Discussing various views around auto-updates is better done on other platforms and blogs. As @paaljoachim stated, work is being done on automating updates even further. It would be great if you could have a look at the discussion in that ticket https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/48850 to see if you can add any valuable comments/suggestions there.

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