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  • Last night I got the notification in my dashboard that the new version of WordPress was available and that I should update immediately.

    One problem that I find is that the automatic update button in the updates section never works for me. Every time I’ve used this button, I’ve had to do a manual update by FTP to get my site back online. I update by FTP exclusively now.

    Yesterday I updated to v5.2.3, and the entire day was totally miserable. When I went to add a new post, the post page took forever to load. During the loading, I would get the yellow bar at the top of the page saying that another page that was trying to open was slowing me down. I started to write a title and the page froze up again. When it did come back, I could write 3 or 4 letters before it froze up again.

    I finally got a title completed and went to copy and paste the posting that I wrote offline. When I went to paste the text, the page froze up again. The yellow bar gave me the choice to stop the page that was slowing me down from loading or to wait. The page never seemed to stop when I hit wait, and when i hit the button to stop the page, my posting page quit working period. I hit publish and when the page was finished reloading, the title and body of my post was empty. Yes, I lost my entire post.

    This morning I tried something on a whim. I opened my FTP client and a Rolled my WordPress version back to v5.2.2. My site is now working fine. Post pages are loading perfectly and that yellow alert bar has disappeared.

    I’m hoping that the next version works out a few bugs that this version seems to have. In the meantime, I will be remaining with version 5.2.2.

    • This topic was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by  Steve Stern.

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    Just to let you know I updated my test site and my production site couple of days ago, and i encounter no such issues you described.

    I have written new posts, edited the old ones with no issues what soever.

    Hence, there seems to be no issue with the WP core. Therefore, possibly your issue is site-specific.

    The issue you described may be a plugin or theme conflict. Please attempt to disable all plugins, and use one of the default (Twenty*) themes. If the problem goes away, enable them one by one to identify the source of your troubles.

    If you can install plugins, install “Health Check”: On the troubleshooting tab, you can click the button to disable all plugins and change the theme for you, while you’re still logged in, without affecting normal visitors to your site.

    Please note that WP 5.2.3 is both security and maintenance release features 29 fixes and enhancements. Plus, it adds a number of security fixes.

    I deactivated all of my plugins and restarted them individually with no change. When I rolled back to v5.2.2 everything started working and has been working properly.

    I reloaded WordPress v5.2.3 last night just to see what would happen. My back end is slower than molasses in January. The front end is slow, but not horribly slow. I’m getting that yellow bar in the back end telling me that a page trying to load is slowing down my editor. I have to hit wait, otherwise the page stops and I have to refresh the browser to get the editor to load fully.

    Also, my Divi page designer is locking up on me constantly which is something it has never done before.


    Moderator t-p


    My back end is slower than molasses in January. The front end is slow, but not horribly slow.

    Slowness/high CPU usage could be due to (but not limited to):
    – A poor or memory intensive theme. Switch to the WordPress default theme and test loading time and see if you see a difference. If you do, may be your theme can be re-written to be more efficient.
    – Poor or memory intensive plugins. One by one disable plugins and test loading time and see if you see a difference. If you do, may be that plugin can be re-written to be more efficient.
    – your server is slow (e.g., “process hang”, overload, you get a lot of visitors, other problems, etc.); generally, every inexpensive host out there is slow.
    – I don’t know if you use CloudFlare or not but if you do I would suggest deactivating it and seeing if it helps. Also sometimes a good purge of the cache on CloudFlare can help.
    – Lots of images can cause slowness. Also images loaded without compression.
    – Lots of external content (facebook/ gravatar/ google adds, etc.) and redirects in general tends to slow sites down.
    – It could be due to brute fore attack .

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    Also review these help guides with some useful optimization tips:

    Also, my Divi page designer is locking up on me constantly

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    I tried 2 of the default themes that come with WordPress. It didn’t seem to make any difference.

    As far as plugins go, the first time I disabled all plugins. The second time I test one at a time. There was no difference in speed or functionality in the back end.

    Slow server? I think my host has had some issues that they don’t want to admit. The site blew up a week ago and I lost everything due to an issue that had to be on their end.

    I don’t use CloudFlare.

    Image compression plugins terrify me. I tried two different ones and they both screwed up my images.

    I have a few external items from Gravatar.

    I haven’t had anything pulling from Facebook since I rebuilt the site.

    No Google ads.

    I realize the Divi theme is a bit intensive, but I’ve never had an issue for speed or function with it.

    Brute force attacks? Maybe. My iThemes plugin logs say that I’ve had a few attempts, but nothing too major. Only 5 recorded since I started rebuilding. and 2 other test sites gave me nearly perfect scores for page load speed.

    Speed isn’t so much the issue. The primary issue is the malfunctions in the back end. With v5.2.2 my editors and media library ran flawlessly. The problems started as soon as I upgraded to v5.2.3. I rolled back to V5.2.2 and everything started working perfectly again.

    Last night I re-upped the v5.2.3 and the back end started malfunctioning again. Maybe it’s not WordPress, but can you see why I might think so?

    One other thing. I do my WordPress updates by FTP. Every time I’ve tried doing it with the update button in the back end, I’ve had to do a manual update by FTP. Every time I clicked that button everything went haywire.

    Thanks for putting up with me. I really do appreciate your help.

    Moderator t-p


    I have updated my site to 5.2.3 using FTP, no issues whatsoever.

    Therefore, the issues you are experiencing are likely to be site-specific.

    I reinstalled 5.2.3 to check out a possible plugin conflict. Never got to test because my WordPress back end froze up solid. This morning I rolled back to 5.2.2 and everything is working flawlessly. As I said my first post, I will stay with 5.2.2 until you get the bugs out that I’m guessing you’ve been instructed not to say anything about.

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