Your January 2019 Search Engine Bytes Digest
 by Kristi Hagen

Is it okay to skip the WordPress core update & still update my Plugins?

  • I'm waiting to update WordPress core to version 5 (now 5.1) due to stability concerns. I'm finding WordPress 5 series with Gutenberg is causing many plugins to require updates, presumably in line with WordPress core.

    The question I have is - if I do not update WordPress, is it still sensible to update plugins to the latest versions or could there be problems?

Answer:

Our gut tells us to wait to do the big WordPress core update until mid-January thinking that maybe the majority of bug fixes will be done by then if we're lucky. However, we never recommend letting WordPress get too far in updates before updating a site. In the meantime it's smart to keep your plugins up to date.SEN article end


Free Way to Check Screen Resolution

  • What do you guys use for testing different screen resolutions for websites? The one I'm using charges $29/mo. Looking for something more affordable.

Answer:

The team here at SEN uses the Chrome Dev Tools for testing screen widths - https://developers.google.com/web/tools/chrome-devtools/

Here's Google's help file that provides specific information on checking your site for all the different devices on the market these days:

https://developers.google.com/web/tools/chrome-devtools/device-mode/

It's also free, which is great! Let me know if you have questions once you start using it.SEN article end


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