We will be pushing the WordPress 5.1.1. update on Sunday, April 28, 2019. This update is on a weekend and outside of our normal change window because:
- We expect this update may take a bit longer than usual, so we need a longer update window.
- There are minor updates to the database, which in rare cases may result in a few minutes of downtime.
We will begin updating all customers at 3am New York time (Eastern Daylight Time). You can see it in your timezone here. We should have all updates completed within 8 hours, and most likely much faster than that.
The important thing to note is that users will notice very little change after the update. You can read more about the update here. The classic editor plugin will be enabled by default which will allow your team to organize any needed updates to documentation on the new block editor after the upgrade and on your own schedule. This also means that customers can schedule the introduction to the new editing interface either slowly or at a time that fits their needs. We will send more information about this after the upgrade is complete, as it will be easier to consider all the options once you have access to the settings.
Our team has done extensive manual and automated testing in preparation for this update over the past 6+ months, and we don’t anticipate any issues. For any customers with any custom plugins or themes, this update has been available on testing networks, and many customers have already tested as well. We also welcome you to share our support email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to end users in an admin message or communications in case we need to be alerted to anything directly during the upgrade while your help desk may not be open or covered given the weekend date. As always, please let us know if you have any questions at all.
Upcoming Updates: April 28, 2019:
- WP Updates:
- WordPress Core – Updated to 5.1.1. More details here. This update includes making the new ‘block’ editing experience available to users when creating and editing posts and pages.
- New Plugins:
- Classic Editor – This plugin will be network enabled by default as part of the update. It enables the WordPress classic editor and the old-style Edit Post screen with TinyMCE, Meta Boxes, etc.
- Plugin Updates:
- Join Multisite – Fixed bug with the “Invite Users” menu item visibility issue for Super Admins.
- Divi Builder – Updated to 2.21.4.
- Themes Updates:
- Divi – Updated to 3.21.4.
- Extra – Updated to 2.21.4.
- General Updates
- Improved file system handling, including no longer appending extra characters to the end of file uploads for all files uploaded by users going forward.