WordPress version 5.2 Jaco has been released. “Jaco” comes from popular jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius. When 5.0 came out at the end of 2018 it put the WordPress platform on a new level for security, performance and user experience. More importantly, it set the stage for future enhancements that have been widely anticipated. A set of those enhancements comes in the latest two releases. Here is what you need to know about WordPress 5.2 including the latest site health and php protection.
Site health check
In the last release, WordPress 5.1 introduced “Site Health” to monitor the environment that WordPress was installed on. Importantly highlighting to administrators the current version of PHP, the programing language that runs WordPress. What you need to know about WordPress 5.2 is that “Site Health” now provides debugging tools to help with common configuration issues. Site owners can use this information to debug issues including security and performance. There is also an option to copy the information so that it can be sent to a site’s developer or hosting company to diagnose.
PHP error protection
Long-time WordPress users have experienced the “white screen of death” at least one time. This happens when a fatal PHP error within a theme or plugin occurs. Before, there was no way to diagnose or resolve the issue unless a site owner could access the WordPress database or files directly through their hosting control panel. What you need to know about WordPress 5.2 is that there is now control to prevent this administrative headache by detecting fatal errors and allowing a site owner to enter recovery mode and pause site halting plugins or themes.
Update your version of WordPress
WordPress has outlined the details of the latest 5.2 release. As always, we want to be sure you are fully updated with the latest WordPress version. If you have any questions about what you need to know about WordPress or how to update your WordPress install we are here to help.