WordPress is Updating jQuery — Here’s What You Need to Know

WordPress recently announced that it is updating the jQuery version that is built into its platform. For some background, jQuery is a prevalent JavaScript library that often powers various functionality within a website. The current version of jQuery is 3.5.1 and WordPress includes jQuery 1.12.4.

This is an update developers have been requesting for years, and our team is really excited about it! In this post, we have laid out a few things you need to know to keep your website functioning as the changes occur.

Implementation Schedule

These changes are planned for implementation over the next few major WordPress updates. The next major update is currently in development and tentatively scheduled for release on August 11, 2020. The subsequent update is not scheduled yet, but it’s reasonable to anticipate it near the end of this year or in the early part of next year.

Resolving Update Issues

If your website is built on WordPress, this is great news for the capability and security of your site. However, the updates may initially cause issues for existing websites, as functionality in some themes and plugins may not currently support the newer jQuery version. In that case, the affected functionality may break.

If a theme or plugin that your website uses doesn’t support the newer jQuery version, the issue can be resolved in one the following ways, depending on the type of theme or plugin.

  • Actively Maintained Commercial Themes and Plugins: Commercial themes and plugins that are actively maintained will likely make updates available to support the newer jQuery version. Once these updates are available, you can implement them through the Updates screen in your website’s WordPress admin panel — or however you usually update your themes and plugins.
  • Not Maintained Commercial Themes and Plugins: Commercial themes and plugins that are not actively maintained will need a developer to adjust the code to support the newer jQuery version or to be replaced with actively maintained alternatives. The appropriate path will depend on many factors and should be addressed with your development team on a case-by-case basis.
  • Custom Themes and Plugins: Custom themes and plugins will require a developer to adjust the code to support the newer jQuery version.

We’re Here to Help

Big changes can be intimidating, but we’re here to help you through the process. We provide multi-level support to suit your particular needs:

  • Pre-Update Testing: Using WordPress’s Test jQuery Updates plugin, we can test your site prior to the first update, to get a sense of potential issues.
  • Updates: We can run the relevant WordPress core, theme, and plugin updates for you. We also offer maintenance plans, in case it’s helpful for us to perform WordPress updates for you on an ongoing basis.
  • Post-Update Troubleshooting: If you encounter any issues with the updates, we can troubleshoot and resolve them for you.

These updates will be here soon, so let the Beyond Definition team know how we can assist your organization.

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Ashe Abbott DiBlasi

As Senior Web Designer and Developer, Ashe is closely involved in all phases of the web design and development process, including discovery, strategy, information architecture, user experience (UX) design, user interface (UI) design, and development. With 14 years of experience, Ashe brings significant expertise to the Beyond Definition team and maintains a passion for exploring new web technologies. Ashe knows the power of strategic, thoughtful websites and is committed to working with our clients to create them, specializing in creating custom, easy-to-use WordPress themes.

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