The big news is… WordPress 3.8 was released to the public. The co-inventor, Mr. Matt Mullenweg, was personally involved in this particular update. And it is a beauty! Big changes to the Administrator/Editor dashboard area. And you can choose your color scheme. Me, I like both the Midnight and the Coffee color scheme.
And there were some big changes to the Widget areas well. Making things easier to use. And more fun too! OK, I lied. It is impossible to have more fun than WordPress 🙂
And there was a bit of drama on Twitter. One of the MAJOR WordPress hosts was going to wait until after Christmas to roll out the update. (I am sure this decision was due to the fact that so many e-commerce sites are making money for their owners during this month and even the very teeny tiny chance that an update could possibly bring down a site was not worth the risk, however minimal.) Any web host has had the experience of making a change to a website only to have that change make the site disappear. Yikes!
This is the same reason, albeit on a MUCH smaller scale, why I always update my OWN sites first as a test. And 3.8 has passed with flying colors. To be fair, I do not, at this time, have any sites that are making thousands of dollars a minute in online sales. Maybe next year 🙂 I could see where doing anything to a site like that could be, ah, stressful.
The drama was when Matt, who, you may remember, I mentioned is the co-inventor of WordPress, was not at all happy that this particular host did not have the “confidence” to roll out the update the minute it was available. Matt was responsible himself for signing off on the code for this update, something he had not done in a long time.
And so there was a bit of back and forth between the CEO of a major WordPress hosting company and Matt. Thankfully, they took the discussion private at some point. I have to side with the host. Although they had every safety feature in place, why update during the BUSIEST time of the year if you do not have to? However, if Matt called me out on Twitter and asked why I have not instantly updated my 35+ websites, I am not sure what my response would have been 🙂 It is a life goal of mine to meet Matt.
The host in question had, for sake of argument, 35 THOUSAND websites. A major player in the game.
As a general rule, I hold back when an update is released until the dust has settled. If you are hosted with CapeWP.com, you will be updated within 2 weeks of the release. Usually sooner. If you are one of my clients who gets “hands on” with your site, you will notice the update. Do not worry. It is a brilliant, well thought out and well executed update. You will quickly learn your way and be comfortable within minutes.
Unlike another major update that Microsoft totally screwed up. Yes, the Windows 7 to Windows 8 update. That was a train wreck in every sense of the word and I believe affected the productivity of this country. Lots of wasted time re-learning how to do things we already knew how to do. End rant 🙂
I hope you are enjoying this Holiday Season and spending much time with family and friends.
CapeWP.com will again be making a donation to CapeAbilities. It is such a blessing to be able to give, however small or large the gift might be.
If you are looking to catch up with a local, less famous CEO than Matt, me, I will be at the First Annual Indoor Mini Golf Event (adults only) at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on December 27th, 5 to 8pm. I believe they have one for the kids on another day. Such fun!