WordPress 3.5.1 was released to the public on January 24, 2013. Within WordPress 3.5.1 there are several maintenance upgrades wrapped in a minor security release for all previous versions.
This release addresses issues with the post text editor, the media manager, network rewrite rules upon new network creation, scheduled post glitches, problems with the wp-admin area's scripts, some plugin error messages, and more. Be sure to check out the list at Codex Version 3.5.1.
Upgrading to WordPress version 3.5.1
A word of caution before you update! As with any WordPress upgrade, certain plugins or themes could break your WordPress site. Before you push the "Please update now" link, be sure you have a full backup of all your site files and database.
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People ask me all the time, "Is it safe to upgrade WordPress now?" The answer is simple. If you are not using a plugin or theme that will conflict with WordPress 3.5.1 then you should be fine. Check your plugins and theme to see if they are compatible. Copy your site over to a test environment and try the upgrade there first. You certainly don't want to break your "live" site. (If you need help, contact me.)
Very Helpful Links:
- WordPress News: WordPress 3.5.1 < Official Press Release
- WordPress Codex: Version 3.5.1 < Summary of highlights and features
- WordPress Trac: Milestone 3.5.1 < Tickets active and closed
- WordPress Codex: Changelog/3.5.1 < This should be updated soon
- Download WordPress 3.5.1
- WordPress Codex: Upgrading WordPress Extended < Our preferred upgrade method
Please share your experience with upgrading to WordPress 3.5.1. Did everything go okay? If you find a plugin or theme with issues, let us know. Got questions about the WordPress security fixes? Leave your comment below.