WordPress 5.2 “Jaco” was released yesterday.
For the most part these updates pass me by as I’m not too interested in WordPress features. I just write stuff and publish it. Simple as that. So often I just apply them and forget about them.
One thing that did catch my eye was the mentioned improvement to the Site Health feature, available from “Tools > Site Health”.
After upgrading 5 different WordPress installations, I checked the Site Health on this blog and there were a few things flagged. It turned out I wasn’t on the latest version of PHP, I was on an older version of PHP7, and I had one mandatory and two optional modules missing. I fixed all that with the following.
rpm -Uvh remi-release-7.rpm
yum-config-manager --enable remi-php73
yum update -y
yum install -y php-gd php-bcmath php-pecl-imagick
If you were on the website or blog this morning, you may have had a bit of a funky experience as I restarted Apache a few times. 🙂
All the Site Health tests are passed now. Happy days.
The WordPress update itself went smoothly. I’m guessing by the time you read this, your site may have auto-upgraded anyway.