On August 11th, Wordpress Version 5.5 “Eckstine” was rolled out for websites powered by the world’s most popular content management system.
Over 10,000 websites have been updated, however; many of them are breaking after making the change.
The jQuery Migrate library was not shipped with version 5.5 of WordPress. This has caused compatibility issues to spring up, and numerous sites to break down.
WordPress 5.5 Update Issues
Namely, the WPBakery Page Builder and Yoast seem to be generating most of the frustration. The WP admin panel has also been reportedly broken for a significant number of users. Unfortunately, many websites will need to remove the WPBakery page builder altogether which will destroy the website’s layout and look. We’re updating sites to use Divi Builder – the world’s most popular wordpress theme. Let’s see how users can fix WordPress site.
Fortunately, WordPress has been very receptive and cooperative in light of all these issues. They have been able to come up with a workaround that claims to temporarily fix jQuery Migrate Bug associated with the update. According to WordPress officials, the jQuery Migrate Helper needs to be installed and enabled. The plugin’s description on Github highlights the issue and the fix very clearly.
“With the update to WordPress 5.5, a migration tool known as jQuery-migrate will no longer be enabled by default. This may lead to unexpected behaviors in some themes or plugins who run older code. This plugin serves as a temporary solution, enabling the migration script for your site to give your plugin and theme authors some more time to update, and test their code.”
Since this is a temporary solution, there are better alternatives present.
Since such plugins are outdated and require support for their deprecated functions, they can evolve into security risks. It is always better to invest in a plugin that is new and frequently maintained. Keeping Wordpress plugins up to date is one of the best ways to avoid running into an issue that affects your entire site and keep your Wordpress site as secure as possible. If your theme is also facing compatibility issues, it might be a good idea to opt for a site redesign with a modern theme.
While WordPress has been quick to respond with their fix, many users are disgruntled after this update. Version 5.5 has been called a “disaster” by a lot of frustrated users. Even now, the forums are being populated with issues, rollback requests, and rants. This issue is being covered throughout the internet, and WordPress is facing a lot of criticism for their short-sightedness and lack of prior testing. Boston Web Group is aware of the issues caused by updating Wordpress to version 5.5 and is happy to help implement fixes so you can get your site back up as quickly as possible if you experience any issues.