WordPress 4.1.1 Released, Fixes 21 Bugs

WordPress 4.1.1 is available and fixes 21 bugs. According to Andrew Nacin who published the announcement, 4.1 was a smooth-sailing release and has been downloaded over 14 million times within the last two months. One of the bugs fixed is an issue where a tag and a category with the same name could get muddled and prevent each other from being updated.

WordPress 4.1 Download Count
WordPress 4.1 Download Count

Updates are slowly rolling out and if your site is configured to receive automatic updates, it should update within the next 72 hours. If not, visit Dashboard → Updates and click Update Now to manually trigger the update routine.

WordCamp San Francisco 2014 By Sheri Bigelow
WordCamp San Francisco 2014 By Sheri Bigelow

There are a handful of contributors to this release, but the one that sticks out is Kim Parsell. She helped fix an issue where an old image file needed to be removed from core. Reading the release notes and coming across Kim’s name generates a rush of emotions as I remember the events surrounding New Years day. For those who don’t know, Kim passed away earlier this year. In memory of Kim, The WordPress Foundation has created a traveling scholarship.

I think Nacin speaks for many when he says, “We miss you, Kim.”

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  1. I had a plugin to disable automatic updates. It was actice, I guess it didn’t work. All my sites got updated.

    I don’t like that. I like to be there when the updates are done, What if the update breaks my theme or has a conflict with a plugin?

    If I do the updates manually, and there is a conflict, I can change the plugin/theme or try to fix things.

    By the way, why up to 72 hours? Wasn’t it up to 24 hours last update or two ago?

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    1. I said 72 hours because this update doesn’t have any security fixes so the updates are being rolled out more slowly.

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  2. @Miroslav, I agree with you. I got three emails last night before I went to bed saying that my sites have been automatically updated, and I had the same thought as you: what if the update breaks my sites? I was not able to check any of my sites because it was too late, and I had to wait until now to check them. Fortunately, everything is fine.

    Then automatic update is too intrusive. It should wait for several days so the admin can have enough time to respond, if the admin does not do anything after certain days, then the update process kicks in.

    BTW, how do I disable the automatic update feature?

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    1. @Jeffrey – I had a plugin, apparently it did not work. I think there should be an option on the settings.

      Also, automatic upates can take money out of the community. Think about it. If you are doing the website of a local restaurant, whenever an update comes, the restaurant owner asks you to update the site…if it’s automatic, why pay you?

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      1. @Miroslav, @Jeffrey

        Add this to wp-config.php

        # Disables all core updates
        define( ‘WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE’, false );

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      2. I find it a bit ridiculous that a consultant would charge to update a site when the update consists of nothing more than bug fixes. I think as a consultant, you should empower and educate your clients on how the update system works. Then, if they experience a problem after an update, that’s when they come find you and pay you to fix it, though those times should be rare.

        Also, Gabriel posted the code you add to your wp-config file which will disable auto updates all together.

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      3. Jeff,

        I am a very lucky human being that the “commercial” clients that I have tell me to just make their site(s) work, as long as they work, they don’t a flying F what I do.

        Now on the non-profit clients…they are causes I believe in and if their site(s) is broken, people can’t click that donate button.

        Most of the times I know of an update because of the WPTavern tweet mentioning the update.

        I had a site get broken because of a minor update, yes that site was the 0.0000001% chances. It was a site for a big charity fundraiser. The update came 24 hours before the fundraiser event.

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    2. > and I had the same thought as you: what if the update breaks my sites?

      The update system uses partial updates now. It isn’t updating the whole site, just the affected files. Then, if the update is unable to complete for whatever reason, a rollback is performed, undoing any changes made. Then it emails you about the failure to update.

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  3. Yea auto update is intrusive there should be an option to do it or not do it.

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  4. @Miroslav

    The automatic updates only apply to minor updates, so you can still “get paid” by updating a major update. But regardless, if you’re a developer you can disable them but the user or client can update their site themselves, so they can still “not pay you” if they wanted.

    You should be getting paid in any case because you either tell your clients that if they update on their own and something breaks then they have to pay you to fix it, or to pay ahead with something like a maintenance package where you just go in and take care of their site for them.

    We have disabled all the automatic updates for our clients and fortunately have not had any update by accident; I would double-check your plugin. We’re using an MU plugin that adds a filter to accomplish it.

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  5. Had all my emails to tell me that sites have auto updated and it’s looking good.

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  6. We manage a little under 300 sites. About half of them received the auto update overnight and the other half we updated “manually” (took 5 minutes). No issues.

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    1. @Lucas Karpiuk , In all the years I am doing WordPress, I have NEVER had an issue. Only issue I had (See above) was with auto-update.

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  7. Just updated to the latest version without any errors. Everything seems to run smoother now :). Does anyone know how to get the beautiful underline with the orange highlight when pointing the mouse over underlined text? Thanks in advance for your answers

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  8. I am happy that the update is working fine, but the point is “Don’t touch my site without my consent”.

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  9. Define “broke” :)

    Updating to 4.0 would definitely have destroyed post-editing functionality for one of my then-client’s site, since they were at the time using the old Google Maps (which at the time created a conflict with the visual editor and adding images), and it took a long time for that plugin to be updated to deal with the conflict. That delay would have been unsatisfactory situation for that client, since they did a lot of content updates, and did them themselves with less than tech savvy folks.

    So while it’s true that particular conflict only affected a small number of sites, plus the fact that a list of conflicting plugins is maintained every time a new WP release comes out seems to suggest that things will break, and if they break during an auto update in the middle of the night with no one attending the site or monitoring the results, Bad Things Might Happen ™.

    Thus, no automatic updates for any sites for clients I do maintenance for, and not even on my own sites (except on testing platform sites).

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    1. Summer, a site wouldn’t be updated to 4.0 using the auto-update mechanism by default – it’s only used for patch updates (ie. 3.9.1, 4.0.1, 4.1.1) which only include fixes and security patches, not feature enhancements or other significant changes.

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  10. But in the past, similar issues have cropped up with patch level updates… I just used that as an example, since it was the most recent one I could recall.

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  11. I had this automatic update and now any changes I save to widgets don’t actually update the site at all. I need help with this if there is any way to get help. So far, no replies from WP support and naturally it is our busiest time of year.

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    1. This is usually an indication of JavaScript error, which is usually a plugin conflict or missing files. Try reinstalling core and disabling all plugins temporarily.

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  12. Is there any plan for the next or future release to include built in functionality to remove Metadata author and dates? Like this plugin.

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-author-date-and-meta-remover/

    Many small biz clients do not blog but still want to have articles. They don’t require author or dates though. It is annoying to have to manually remove this from themes.

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    1. Displaying the post author/date/etc is a function of the active theme. While it may be annoying to remove this manually from the theme, that is the recommended method – using the plugin you’ve linked to unnecessarily increases the number of stylesheets being loaded in order to hide the information from view – it’s still there in the source code.

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      1. Good point. That’s why it would be a nice option in the next WP release.

        I’m not the only one that would like to see this Lucas. I’m sure a lot of WP designers and developers would like to see this built in as well. This really gives small-medium sized business owners the sense that WP is still a “blogging platform” and not a full fledged CMS… including me.

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      2. I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree. But I’ll put money that this never gets added to core.

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