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WordPress 3.8.1 just released; update your site as soon as possible

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On 12 December 2013, Automattic released version 3.8 of their WordPress application, and today they released WordPress 3.8.1, a maintenance update that deals with 31 bugs that were found in their newest version change.

According to a blog post by Andrew Nacin on the WordPress.org blog, the following are some of the big fixes that were taken care of:

  • embed tweets fix
  • fixes for the Dashboard design
  • fixes for the themes admin screen
  • WP_Query was fixed to deal with taxonomy queries
  • "dead zone" fixed on the "Submit" buttons.

To learn more about all 31 bug fixes, you can consult the detailed summary that outlines everything that was updated.

Don't just click update without making sure you can recover from any unforeseen issues that may crop up as a result of the update.

Here are a few tips before updating:

  • Make sure to back up your current content! Don't skip this step thinking everything will be okay. Do a backup! A good plugin is WordPress Database Backup. It allows you to send the backed-up file to your email or save it on your server. There's also Duplicator, and it does just what its name says.
  • Also consider backing up your theme, plugins and image uploads with the UpdraftPlus plugin. These things do not reside in the MySQL Database, which is why you need a different plugin to back them up. If you're using Duplicator, then this step is taken care of already.
  • Update all your plugins first and then disable all plugins before upgrading to version 3.8.1. Don't worry about losing your plugin settings. As long as you don't delete any plugins, your settings will remain intact and be available when you reactivate. That's if there's no major issues with the platform upgrade, which is why you should perform a backup before upgrading the WordPress platform.
  • Make sure you have a copy of your current WordPress version, which should be version 3.8, readily available in case you have issues with version 3.8.1 and need to revert back until you can deal with any compatibility issues. If your theme isn't compatible with the latest version of WordPress, it is strongly recommended that you find a different theme.

Hopefully, these tips help. If all else fails, please leave a comment on this post with the issue(s) you're having and help will be on the way!

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