WordPress 5.9 means the end of Classic…

In Episode 16 of the WordPress Podcast, we saw a sneak peak aimed at what is going to be the final major release of 2021, WordPress 5.9.

What to expect from WordPress 5.9

WordPress 5.9 is targeted to be released on the 14th of December 2021 and will be the final major release of the year, we can expect features such as a brand new default theme and many more.

Many WordPress users turned their head at the release of the modern Gutenberg block editor which quickly became the default standard editor for WordPress.org, however, thanks to the Classic Editor plugin this was avoidable and those who did not want to transition could use this plugin to their advantage. And also, in WordPress 5.8 a new Widgets block editor was introduced to give the widgets section the same modern look and feel as the posts and pages, but many users did not like this new addition and this prompted the development of the Classic Widgets plugin which reverted the editor back to it’s old state.

Here is the bad news, all those who use WordPress.org, on the release of 5.9 will be required to use the Gutenberg editor and new Widgets block editor, as support for the Classic plugins will be officially deprecated at the beginning of 2022.

How to prepare for the new core update?

For those who develop WordPress websites, here is a simple guide on how you can prepare for the new update (this guide uses cPanel):

  1. Backup your entire website:
    1. Go to your website cPanel, to do this, go to https://yoursite.com:2083 and login using the credentials you set for the site.
    2. Open the File Manager.
    3. Right-click public_html and click Compress, and then click Compress File (this creates a copy of the folder and compresses it into a zip file.
    4. You now have a public_html.zip file which you can revert back to in the event of an emergency.
  2. Backup your database:
    1. Go to your website cPanel as stated in the previous step.
    2. Open phpmyadmin.
    3. Open your WordPress database, it should read as “yoursite_wpXXX” (XXX being random numbers).
    4. Once you’ve opened the database, go to Export tab (between the Query and Import tabs).
    5. In Export method, select the Quick method (this displays the information you need), and in Format, select “SQL” (this should be selected by default)
    6. Finally, click Go and the database export will begin.
    7. You now have a full backup of the website database which you can reupload in the event of an emergency.

If you’ve followed the above steps correctly, you’ll have the backups needed in the event that your websites host goes down during a major update or if your WordPress breaks.

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