Safer Updates in new WordPress 6.6

The WordPress content management system is constantly improving. We have become accustomed to the fact that minor core updates are released at irregular intervals, followed by a major update after some time. You can usually recognize the major update by the change in the first or second digit. We are rapidly approaching another very important update, WordPress version 6.6. This brings a very interesting new feature related to updates. So, let’s take a look at how updates will work in the new version of WordPress 6.6.

How to test the new version of WordPress 6.6

This new version is currently in the beta testing phase. However, you already have the opportunity to try this version of WordPress. If you decide to do so, it is important to note that it is still an unstable version that should not be used on a production website. You can very easily lose data or the stability of the entire system.

Here are four methods you can use to test the new version:

  • Using a plugin: You can install the plugin WordPress Beta Tester. After completing the installation, activate the plugin and select the “Bleeding Edge” channel and the “Beta/RC Only” stream.
  • Direct download: Download Beta 2 version (zip) and install it on your test website.
  • Command line: Use this WP-CLI command: wp core update –version=6.6-beta2
  • WordPress Playground: If you don’t want to install the Beta version, you can still test it from the 6.6 Beta 2 WordPress Playground instance in your browser.
Bezpečnější aktualizace ve WordPressu 6.6

Revolutionary Change in Updates

WordPress is a system where it is very important to keep its components up to date. This includes both the core of the entire system and its add-ons. These can be themes or plugins. WordPress allows updates to be performed either manually or automatically.

Automatic updates are very convenient in that you don’t have to worry about anything. As soon as a new version of a plugin or theme is released, WordPress takes care of the update itself. However, it is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it is great that you always have a current system protected against potential security flaws. On the other hand, almost everyone has probably experienced a plugin update completely breaking their entire website. If you don’t have a backup of your website in such a case, the repair can be quite problematic. WordPress 6.6 fundamentally changes the way updates work.

Rollback to the Original Version in Case of Problems

wordpress 6.6. new feature

The new version of WordPress introduces a so-called rollback feature. Simply put, this is a function that automatically reverts to the original, functional version of a component in case of a conflict, without the need for manual intervention by the system administrator. So how does it work?

WordPress first performs the automatic update and then checks if the website operates without any issues. If there is a system crash or a component failure, the system performs a rollback. This means it reverts to the previous version of the component to ensure the website operates as it did before the update.

This is a significant game changer. Currently, many people have automatic updates disabled because they fear unexpected system crashes. This is especially inconvenient when you don’t have time for a quick fix. Now, with the new version of WordPress, you can enable automatic updates. The system should be able to detect an error and, if it occurs, revert the components to the last stable version in which the website functioned without any issues.

The WordPress developers hope that this new feature will encourage more websites to use automatic updates because they will be safer and the risk of a complete website crash will be minimized. This is another step by the developers towards making the entire WordPress ecosystem safer and more stable.

Safer Updates in WordPress 6.6

Conclusion

We still have to wait and see how the new feature will work in reality. Generally, I am always a bit pessimistic about new WordPress features. So let’s wait and see if manual updates will finally become a thing of the past or if most WordPress users will still prefer manual updates after thoroughly backing up a functional website.

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