Plugins that run on PHP4 will likely break with the next major release of WordPress 4.3, slated for August 18, 2015. See the list of 4000+ plugins that may break, bonuses while checking your plugins, plus an invitation to a free plugins webinar.
Free Plugins Webinar
See the replay of the webinar that was on August, 13, 2015.
You’ll find it near the end of the post.
WordPress 4.3 May Break Your Site
The public release of WP 4.3 is slated for Tuesday, August 18. There are several important changes to the core.
The biggest change is the deprecation of support for PHP version 4. PHP is the core language of WordPress, themes, and plugins.
Plugins WILL Break
Some older plugins are going to break when you update.
Fortunately there is a list of plugins that will be effected.
Currently there are 4000 plugins on the list and I’m betting not all the ones that will break are on there.
4 Birds, One Stone
It can be tedious work to check your plugins. But, why not make the best of it and do another site chore that you know you’ve been meaning to get to anyway.
- Start a plugin spreadsheet
- Make a list of all the plugins on your site in one column.
- And then another column for what they do.
- And then another column for where they’re used on your site.
- Delete inactive plugins
- They are a security issue.
- Some may still be hitting the clock or other resources on your site (yes, even inactive they can do that)
- Check for conflicts
- Maybe you added a new plugin without considering what plugins you already had.
- If you’re using the Yoast SEO plugin, it provides lots of other functions like XML Sitemap, Facebook Open Graph Tags, Twitter Cards, and more.
- Check for multiple share buttons, like duplicate Pinterest buttons too.
- Check your plugins against the GitHub list
- Now that you have them typed up, you can search for them easily.
- On your keyboard, hit Cntl+F (Cmd+F on Mac). That should bring up a search field.
- Copy/paste your plugin name and search.
We also reviewed two real-world plugins lists live from site owners.
BlogAid News subscribers got an invitation to send in their list and an early heads up about these plugins and the webinar three days prior to this post. Are you on the list?