Major Update to WordPress - What You Need to Do First

Last Update: November 12, 2019

WordPress 5.3 has just been released and it includes some major changes. You can read all about it at

But First Back up Your Website!

I don't mean a quick and dirty backup using Tools > Export, I mean a complete backup which includes your themes, plugins, and media library. It's only going to take a few minutes using either WP Clone or Updraft Plus plugin.

Full Backup With a Plugin

Yes, I know WA does backups for you but you may not realize that something has gone awry until after they've done a few backups and they don't keep the old backups. So any problems that have occured may be part and parcel of the only backup they have available.

As a business owner you owe it to yourself to take good care of your assets.

New WordPress Theme for Twenty Twenty

WordPress traditionally releases a new theme every November which bears the name of the coming year. This year the new theme is (wait for it...) Twenty Twenty.

"Twenty Twenty is designed with flexibility at its core. Show off your services or products with a combination of columns, groups, and media blocks. Set your content to wide or full alignment for dynamic and engaging layouts. Or let your thoughts be the star with a centered content column!"

Create a Test Website

If you'd like to try out the new Twenty Twenty theme and/or the WordPress update then create a test website (if you don't have one already) so you don't mess up your real site.

WordPress is constantly evolving which makes it challenging and also a lot of fun.


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AnitaSmith60 Premium
Hi. Thank you kindly for this important information Marion. I think it is very important to back up your website and all your important work. I am going to do a tester.....All the best.
Tmgreen Premium
Thanks for the heads up Marion. I'll be busy this evening testing it out.

Much appreciated,

cris1018 Premium
I always do a full backup first as well. Great advice, Marion!
lindy101 Premium
Thanks Marion. Always valuable content. :-)
Feochadan Premium
Thank you so much for this heads up!