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Greetings to all of my subscribers, visitors and loyal followers from Allan , may this post find you all well.

WordPress 3.9 Update:

Jimmy SmithHave you ever gone to see a movie when it first premieres for the first time (opening night) only to find out it was a dud or not what you thought based on the excitement generated by the advertising? I have and I tend to wait a few days or maybe longer to get some response or feedback before I waste my time and my dime these days.

I tend to have this same approach when other things first come out as well. Haste makes waste as most of us older folks know from experience.

The new WordPress 3.9 update is no exception. Not that it is a dud, a waste of time or the reviews are horribly bad but with major changes to the core, many are reporting broken sites, themes and or plugins as soon as they update. According to various WP open source developers and forum reports, these issues in over 90% of the cases are due to themes and or plugins not being up to date and there are a lot of these floating around, especially when it comes to the free stuff. For me, there is a lot of risks involved so I just think it’s a good idea to let some of the wrinkles get ironed out before taking the chance of experiencing down-time on my site or others I manage, especially if it is a business site.

Premium theme and plugin developers tend to keep their products updated and in accordance with each update in WordPress. But there are free themes and plugins that are behind in this process and they need time to get with the program or risk being left out of the market as more and more WP users become very intimately familiarized with the development and update process involved with the worlds most popular CMS in recent weeks and months. users are not just going to go “willy nilly” on downloading themes, plugins and updates without considering the risks now a days. The web WP community is being given a crash course in how complicated the open source project is and the relentless efforts developers take to ensure we all have a dependable experience.

Since I have and manage large sites that would require extensive updates, patches and fixes being applied and the replacement of potentially incompatible plugins that are not compliant with the new update, I’m using caution when approaching such major updates and overhauls to the CMS core. This not to say I won’t update, it only means I will wait and give plugins especially, time to catch up and address these conflicts before I just click update.

You may want to exercise the same caution when it comes to the latest releases to avoid major overhauls of your site especially as mentioned if it is a large site or blog that relies heavily on plugins (which is kind of hard to avoid since everything in WP is handled by plugins) and sites or blogs with 20+ pages of heavily modified content. I have heard of some pretty scary nightmares happening out there and there is even a request from WP on their forums to please not make your forum posts personal and hostile.

To read about some of the issues and conflicts being experienced by users, go to the WordPress Codex site and other forums to see what is going on and what people have to do to fix these issues. Nobody wants downtime on their site if they depend on it for income as many do these days with a bad economy still looming and fluctuating and not enough jobs still impacting millions in America and the Internet becoming a source of much-needed income more and more. report bugs here:

I can’t wait to take my first test run with all of the great new features. Thank you WordPress Developers for all of your HARD work!!!

Check out these links here to get an idea of what is going on and being done to get everything running smooth again:

Want really cool fonts for your WP site or blog?

I’ve added a new Plugin to my favorites list, it’s called Easy Google Fonts and I just did a video on how to use it here:

It is one of the easiest plugins to set up and use and you will love the choice of available fonts it provides. WP is known for its clean easy to read look but sometimes you just want a different font other than the default used in most themes and this plugin will grant you the option without hassle.

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Thanks for reading the Latest WordPress News from Until next time

Peace and blessings,

Allan Whitney


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Allan Whitney

California based Media Professional with over 15 years experience. Static and Dynamic Web Designer, WordPress installations and design, WordPress Theme Modifications, Plugin installation and configuration, Still and Motion Graphics Designer, SWF Designer, Video Camera Operator and Photographer. Current contribution: Reducing the digital divide by educating a Global web community on the most powerful and versatile CMS in the World, WordPress! Providing free learning materials and video instruction to an international web audience eager to learn.

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