WordPress Security: WordPress 5.7.1

WordPress security alert: WordPress 5.7.1 has been released, along with security updates for earlier branches as far back as 4.7.x.

WordPress 5.7.1 provides two security fixes. You’ve heard us say it before – the best way to keep your WordPress website secure is to keep it up to date.

On most web hosts, WordPress will automatically update to the latest secure version on the branch you have installed. If your website has not updated to a secure version, or you aren’t sure whether your site is on a secure version, check in with your trusted web developer.

WordPress 5.7.1 fixes two security issues that were present in versions 4.7.x to 5.7. Earlier versions were not affected by this issues, but note that branches prior to 3.7.x no longer receive security updates. Also note that WordPress 5.7.1 is the only officially supported version.

What if your website is on a secure but older version than 5.7.1?

You can be sure your website is secure if it’s on the most recent version of its branch, 3.7.x or later. Branches earlier than 3.7.x no longer receive security updates.

If your site is on a secure, but older version of WordPress, you’re missing out on the latest features and improvements in the WordPress software. Plugins or themes may also no longer be compatible with older versions of WordPress. When this happens – because this is a when, not an if – some features of your website may no longer work or your site may no longer display properly. We’ll be happy to help you update your site if you need support.

Note to our clients: If you have signed up for a security package with us, your website will be updated. If you don’t have a security package with us and your WordPress website is not secure, we will reach out to you to address it shortly.

Keeping your website secure is the best way to protect your organization, your reputation, and your clients or visitors. Keep your website secure by keeping your WordPress site, themes, and plugins up to date.

See our tips for how to safely upgrade your WordPress website if you prefer to update your site yourself.

If you’re nervous about upgrading, you can also check whether your web host provides support for a staging site, allowing you to perform your updates in a risk-free environment.

If you prefer to enlist help to maintain your website’s security and integrity, we offer hassle-free security packages. We encourage you to delegate what you can so you can focus on your organization’s main mission.

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Alisa Cognard

Alisa was one of the first team members to join Red Earth Design, Inc. in early 2004. From data entry, she progressed to MySQL database manipulation and PHP coding. Alisa is responsible for all kinds of odds and ends: installing new websites, adding features to them, programming databases, PHP coding, website troubleshooting, website security, and organizational tasks for Red Earth Design.

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