WordPress 5.3.1 Released

WordPress 5.3.1 was released on the 12th of December 2019 and comes with bug fixes, ‘enhancements’, and security fixes.

“Version 5.3.1 is mainly focused on security and maintenance features: around 46 bug fixes and enhancements are addressed in this release.”

For most folks this update will have come automatically, if this was the case you can contact a freelance WordPress developer or check the following yourself:

  • Has the update run, check Dashboard > Updates to confirm it actually ran
  • Always check your core SEO files, the XML site map and robots.txt
    • Sitemap should be either domain.com/sitemap.xml or domain.com/sitemap_index.xml
    • Robots is always domain.com/robots.txt
  • Do a quick spot check of your title, general meta tags and any Schema markup you have
  • If you run a site health monitor, test your site, various exist
    • ScreamingFrog
    • SEMRush
  • Crawl as Google using GSC
  • Check your error logs and generally confirm any issues in the WP site health tool

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