Huge WordPress 5.5 Update Issue Breaking Some Sites

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If you are noticing some issues with your website after the 5.5 update, this might be the reason why.

Many WordPress sites have been breaking since updating to the WordPress 5.5 version. The main reason for this is that the update completely removed support for jQuery Migrate, which may have caused at least 8,000+ broken sites.

jQuery Migrate is a library of code that acts like a bridge for older code to function on WordPress. Due to this, mainly anyone using older themes or plugins is affected by this.

 

Issues You Might See

JavaScript is crucial to making things like search bars, forms, and menus load correctly.
If certain parts of your website are missing , or you can’t edit your website using the editor, you may be one of the websites that are affected.

If this is an issue plaguing your website, we do have a solution to help you fix it fairly quickly!

WordPress was kind enough to release a plugin that restores the jQuery Migrate library. This should restore the functionality of your website.

Follow these two simple steps:

  1. Check for any outdated plugins/themes and either update them, or remove them if they are not absolutely necessary.
    You should do this regardless of whether or not you are having issues, as these old systems can cause security risks.
  2. Download and install this WordPress plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/enable-jquery-migrate-helper/
    As stated by WordPress: “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.”

That’s it! You are done and ready to return to your normal schedule!

Feel free to share this with others who may be experiencing issues after the WordPress 5.5 update.

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