March 23, 2019

Genesis Version 2.2.0 Now Available

Genesis Version 2.2 was released August 28th, and includes the following changes”

  • Allow child themes to enable accessibility features for web users with disabilities.
  • Improvements to the Schema.org microdata Genesis outputs.
  • Compatibility with WordPress’s generated Title Tag output.
  • Compatibility with WordPress’s new Site Icon feature.
  • Allow entry meta to be turned off on a per post type level.
  • Many other improvements and bug fixes.

Upgrading

NOTE: If you have made any changes directly to files in the /genesis/ folder, upgrading will overwrite these changes. Therefore, we recommend that you NEVER make changes this way. Alternatively, use the CSS in the child theme folder to make stylistic modifications, and use the proper PHP files in the child theme folder, along with the Genesis Hook system, to make functional/output modifications.

Using the Automatic Upgrader

  1. Click the “upgrade now” link in the update notification at the top your your dashboard page.
  2. Confirm the upgrade.
  3. After the new version is installed, click the link to complete the upgrade.
  4. All done!

Upgrading Manually

  1. Before you upgrade anything, make sure you have backup copies of your child theme.
  2. Delete the old genesis folder from your wp-content/themes directory
  3. Unzip and upload the new genesis folder to your wp-content/themes directory
  4. Log into the dashboard to complete the upgrade process.

WordPress 4.3 “Billie” Released

WordPress 4.3 is now available, with new features that make it even easier to format your content and customize your site.

Menus in the Customizer

Create your menu, update it, and assign it, all while live-previewing in the customizer. The streamlined customizer design provides a mobile-friendly and accessible interface. With every release, it becomes easier and faster to make your site just the way you want it.

Formatting Shortcuts

Your writing flow just got faster with new formatting shortcuts in WordPress 4.3. Use asterisks to create lists and number signs to make a heading. No more breaking your flow; your text looks great with a * and a #.

Site Icons

Site icons represent your site in browser tabs, bookmark menus, and on the home screen of mobile devices. Add your unique site icon in the customizer; it will even stay in place when you switch themes. Make your whole site reflect your brand.

Better Passwords

Keep your site more secure with WordPress’ improved approach to passwords. Instead of receiving passwords via email, you’ll get a password reset link. When you add new users to your site or edit a user profile, WordPress will automatically generate a secure password.

Other improvements

  • A smoother admin experience – Refinements to the list view across the admin make your WordPress more accessible and easier to work with on any device.
  • Comments turned off on pages – All new pages that you create will have comments turned off. Keep discussions to your blog, right where they’re supposed to happen.
  • Customize your site quickly – Wherever you are on the front-end, you can click the customize link in the toolbar to swiftly make changes to your site.

As always, we highly recommend that you keep your WordPress installation, WordPress themes and WordPress plugins up to date to ensure that you’re running the most secure and feature rich version of WordPress.

If you need assistance with upgrading, please schedule your WordPress upgrade today via our WordPress Upgrade Service.

All current Watershed Studio WordPress Upgrade Service and Maintenance Package subscribers have been scheduled for your WordPress 4.2 upgrade.

If you’d like to ensure that your site is always up to date, please check out our WordPress Maintenance Packages.

WordPress 4.2 “Powell” Released

WordPress 4.2 is now available, with new features that help you focus on sharing content, and global communication.

As always, we highly recommend that you keep your WordPress installation, WordPress themes and WordPress plugins up to date to ensure that you’re running the most secure and feature rich version of WordPress.

If you need assistance with upgrading, please schedule your WordPress upgrade today via our WordPress Upgrade Service.

All current Watershed Studio WordPress Upgrade Service and Maintenance Package subscribers have been scheduled for your WordPress 4.2 upgrade.

If you’d like to ensure that your site is always up to date, please check out our WordPress Maintenance Packages.

WordPress 4.1 “Dinah” Released

WordPress 4.1 is now available, with new features that help you focus on your writing via a new “distraction-free writing mode”, and the new default theme, Twenty Fifteen, which lets you show your site off in style.

As always, we highly recommend that you keep your WordPress installation, WordPress themes and WordPress plugins up to date to ensure that you’re running the most secure and feature rich version of WordPress.

If you need assistance with upgrading, please schedule your WordPress upgrade today via our WordPress Upgrade Service.

All current Watershed Studio WordPress Upgrade Service and Maintenance Package subscribers have been scheduled for your WordPress 4.1 upgrade.

If you’d like to ensure that your site is always up to date, please check out our WordPress Maintenance Packages.

CRITICAL WordPress 4.0.1 Security Release: UPGRADE NOW

WordPress 4.0.1 is now available, and is a critical security release for all previous versions of WordPress.

We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

Sites that support automatic background updates will be updated to WordPress 4.0.1 soon, if not already. BUT, we have been seeings issue with the automatic upgrades this round, so please check your sites. If you spot any issues, please contact us for assistance.

If you are still running WordPress 3.9.2, 3.8.4, or 3.7.4, you will be updated to 3.9.3, 3.8.5, or 3.7.5 to keep everything secure. If you are running older legacy versions of WordPress, please upgrade to 4.0.1 immediately.

WordPress versions 3.9.2 and earlier are affected by a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could enable anonymous users to compromise a site. This issue does not affect version 4.0, but version 4.0.1 does address these eight security issues:

  • Three cross-site scripting issues that a contributor or author could use to compromise a site.
  • A cross-site request forgery that could be used to trick a user into changing their password.
  • An issue that could lead to a denial of service when passwords are checked.
  • Additional protections for server-side request forgery attacks when WordPress makes HTTP requests.
  • An extremely unlikely hash collision could allow a user’s account to be compromised, that also required that they haven’t logged in since 2008.
  • WordPress now invalidates the links in a password reset email if the user remembers their password, logs in, and changes their email address.

Version 4.0.1 also fixes 23 bugs with 4.0, and also two hardening changes, including better validation of EXIF data we are extracting from uploaded photos.

As always, we highly recommend that you keep your WordPress installation, WordPress themes and WordPress plugins up to date to ensure that you’re running the most secure and feature rich version of WordPress.

If you need assistance with upgrading, please schedule your WordPress upgrade today via our WordPress Upgrade Service.

Anyone who is already subscribed to one of our upgrade packages has already been upgraded to WordPress 4.0.1.  If you’d like to ensure that your site is always up to date, please check out our WordPress Maintenance Packages.