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How to Update to WordPress 6.0 “Arturo”

This post, updated with each new release, will note any specific recommendations for each, and if applicable, I'll provide additional insight into new features and functionality. Plus, I'll throw in some WordPress backup, updates, and other tips for your consideration.

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WordPress 6.0 “Arturo”

With nearly 1,000 enhancements and bug fixes, the second major release of 2022 is here. Download it now!

Expanding Gutenberg into a full site editing experience in WordPress means that all of the problems the community had to address were complex and far-reaching. WordPress 6.0 is an example of the community’s commitment to tackling these tough challenges together. With thoughtful updates to the writing experience, building better block functionality, and adding a new intuitive style switcher, I’m really proud of the work that’s been done in this release to make a great site editing experience.

6.0 Features

  • Full site editing is here. It puts you in control of your whole site, right in the WordPress Admin.
  • Say hello to Twenty Twenty-Two. And say hello to the first default block theme in the history of WordPress. 
  • The Navigation block. Blocks come to site navigation, the heart of user experience.
  • Better block controls. WordPress 5.9 features new typography tools, flexible layout controls, and more refined control of details like spacing, borders, and more.
  • The power of patterns. The WordPress Pattern Directory is the home of a wide range of block patterns built to save you time and add to your site’s functionality. And you can edit them as you see fit.
  • A revamped List View. In 5.9, the List View lets you drag and drop your content exactly where you want it.
  • A better Gallery block. Treat every image in a Gallery Block the same way you would in the Image Block.
  • Style Switching. Change the look and feel of your site with just a few clicks.
  • More Template Choices. WordPress 6.0 includes five new template options: author, date, categories, tag, and taxonomy. These additional templates provide greater flexibility for content creators
  • Integrated Patterns. Patterns will now appear when you need them in even more places, like in the quick inserter or when creating a new header or footer.
  • Better List View. List View can be opened and closed easily; it comes collapsed by default and it automatically expands to the current selection whenever you select a block.
  • Block Locking Controls. Now you can lock your blocks.  Choose to disable the option to move a block, remove a block, or both. 
  • Additional Design Tools.

Improved Performance in WordPress 6.0

This release includes several updates focused on improving the performance of WordPress. These enhancements cover a range of performance areas including improving the page and post-load speed, reducing the execution time of various query types, caching, navigation menus, and much more. The performance team working group is an important focus area of the core development team. For more information on this group’s work, please follow their work on Making WordPress with the #performance hashtag.

You can update to WordPress 6.0 by downloading from WordPress.org or visiting your Dashboard → Updates and clicking Update Now.

If you have sites that support automatic background updates, they’ve already started the update process.


You can download WordPress 6.0 from WordPress.org or
visit your Dashboard → Updates and click Update Now.


WordPress recommends your host supports:

  • PHP version 7.4 or greater.
  • MySQL version 5.7 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.3 or greater.
  • We also recommend either Apache or Nginx as the most robust options for running WordPress, but neither is required.

But first…

WordPress Updating Tips

WARNING: The upgrade process will impact all files and folders included in the main WordPress installation. This includes all the core files used to run WordPress. If you have made any changes to those files, your changes will be lost.

IMPORTANT

When updating WordPress themes or plugins, following a few simple steps can save you some headaches. First off, double-check with theme and plugin developers *before* updating.

You want to review if they have any concerns or comments about your theme and the new version. For example, some theme shops may ask you to delay updating if their testing reflects issues they need to address first.

Your theme developer may then be advised to update your theme before updating WordPress. The benefit of using a quality premium theme and plugins means the developer(s) are always on top of this.

If you are ever unsure how or if an update will impact your website, you can always do a dry run in your staging area. Check out my article: What's a Staging Site and Why Do I Need One?

Step-by-step WordPress Update Instructions

To help you safely and efficiently update to the most recent version of WordPress, check out my article Quick and Easy WordPress backup tips.

It is not just about WordPress…

Don't forget to update your plugins as required. You'll see with each WordPress update that plugin developers also update their plugins which you can also do with one click. In addition, you'll see the nag bar under the plugin name in the plugins area with a link to “update now.”

If you find after an update that something is not working as it was, you have a couple of options.

When it comes to plugins if the developer is not testing their plugin to work with the lasted WordPress version, find another plugin whose developer is on top of these things.

Always Backup and Update Promptly

Updating should not be ignored or put off. Every update includes security hardening, and that's why hackers always target sites that are not maintained.

When you promptly process WordPress updates and stay on top of Premium Theme and plugin updates, you not only are in step with technology, but you make sure your site is secure and has the best chance to function error-free.

At your service,

Judith, WordPress Consultant
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