WordPress 5.4 is Here

Last Update: March 31, 2020

WordPress has updated to Version 5.4 with lots of new features for your blogging pleasure.

But first...

Back Up

Every time there's a big update there are problems. Your favourite plugins may not work with the new update. Your theme may break. According to Murphy: if anything can go wrong it will. So make sure you create your own backup and download it to your computer "just in case".

Yes, I know that Site Support does frequent backups, but that may not be enough. As a responsible business owner you are responsible for your business assets. And your website is arguably your most important business asset.

In this training video I recommend WP Clone for small(ish) websites. But if your site is too big for WP Clone then use Updraft Plus or one of the other excellent backup plugins. As always, choose a plugin with lots of positive feedback and recent updates.

Full Backup With a Plugin


What's New

New blocks and improvements to some of the existing blocks.

If you're not using the block editor yet then perhaps it's time to ditch the Classic Editor plugin and catch up with the times.

Gutenberg or Classic Editor, You Can Have Both


Updates


When you log into your website you'll notice the Update Icon at the top which lets you know that there are updates available.

Between now and WordPress 5.4.1 (yes there will soon be another update to fix any bugs and security issues) you'll see lots of updates to themes and plugins as the developers bring their goodies up to date. Don't ignore the updates and do make sure you perform your own backups before you update, each and every time.

What do you think of the new updates? Please share your comments below.

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TBallister Premium
I just updated to WordPress 5.4 as well as updating the All-in-One SEO Pack plugin. I'm now seeing a notification at the top of my WordPress admin site that I should deactivate the Google XML Sitemaps plugin because it may be in conflict with All in One SEO Pack. Do you have any insights on this?
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Fiona13 Premium
Hi, I just got the same message and I updated the WordPress to 5.4 and I went to site manager and l removed only one plugin and all update fine. But make sure you back up before you update. All the best!
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MarionBlack Premium
Yes, having two plugins trying to do the same job can get really messy.
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TBallister Premium
Just curious, which plugin did you decide to remove?
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TBallister Premium
Thanks Marion! If these two plugins are essentially doing the same job, I'm curious why the WA training recommended having both? It's been a while since I completed the online entrepreneur certification, so maybe there has been an update that I'm not aware of...
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MarionBlack Premium
Some of the training is a bit out of date, Tucker. The recommendation to install Google XML Sitemaps was published before All In One SEO made creating sitemaps with their plugin so easy. I believe that some of the training will be updated soon.
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Fiona13 Premium
Inside the XML sitemap l went and deactived the file editor or something like that!
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TBallister Premium
Thank you! I'll take a look at that link you shared. I just didn't want to deactivate if it was still needed!
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TBallister Premium
Thank you!
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Fiona13 Premium
You are welcome!
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YourBizTips Premium
Thanks for the update Marion. I am using the block editor ever since it came available (perhaps too early than it was recommended) and soon I couldn't believe how it could be possible for me to use the classic editor again. So my advice to those who have not changed yet, it may feel a bit strange at the beginning but you will soon looove it.

I have updated to Version 5.4, after double backup as you once recommended Marion (first "Export" in "Tools" to a file on my computer, then with WP Clone).

So far I have seen the few changes in Version 5.4 and see the new Social Icons block and wondering if this would replace the social sharing plugin I am using, can you tell me please?

Best wishes to all.

John
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maray07611 Premium
The Block Editor, is that a Plugin I need to load?
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MarionBlack Premium
Hey John, give the Social icons block a try and let me know.
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MarionBlack Premium
The block editor is just the standard editor in WordPress. Some people are using the Classic Editor plugin instead.
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YourBizTips Premium
Will do Marion. Cheers!
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maray07611 Premium
I changed from the Classic Editor to the Block Editor. Is that a good move?
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MarionBlack Premium
Yes, the Block Editor is part of the core of WordPress.
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EdwinBernard Premium
Thanks for informing us of this new WordPress update. I only have 61 posts and 5 pages in my website so I think doing the built in back up will suffice.

Do you have a training that explains why the Block editor is superior to the classic one? I've used both but feel more at home with the Classic Editor. Perhaps I'm missing something.

Thanks for all you do Marion.

Edwin
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42Louise Premium
Hi
What is the built in backup?

Regards
Louise
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MarionBlack Premium
If you're referring to Tools > Export please be aware that it only produces a text-type of file which doesn't include your plugins, themes, images, etc.
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42Louise Premium
Appreciate the information Marion. I backed up with a plugin in the end, all good.

Louise
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Mark1957 Premium
Hey Marion,

I rather like Murphy's brother, Sod. He has a law as well and it's pretty similar to Murphy's!

Seriously, I haven't got my head around Gutenberg to be honest. I much prefer the classic editor although I'm open to be persuaded.

I think I probably took one look at it when it came out and decided it wasn't for me without really persevering at all.

I know you're the techie queen in here so could you recommend some pretty basic training for it?

Cheers Marion

Mark
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MarionBlack Premium
Yeah, I did some "basic training" when the block editor first came out. Type "marionblack gutenberg" (without the quotes) into the grey search box at the top of the page and you should find them.
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Mark1957 Premium
Excellent Marion, I'll check that out....thanks.
Mark
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JamesDuck Premium
Thank you!
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome, James. Stay safe.
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