Does updating to WordPress 5.5 broke your website? Or are you facing errors and bugs after installing WordPress latest 5.5 update? If this is the case with you then don’t get panic. In this post, we will see why updating to WordPress recent version is causing websites to break. Also, how to fix WordPress 5.5 breaking sites issues after updating to WordPress latest version 5.5 and how to identify which theme or plugin is causing the issues.
Article key points
- Why Websites are Breaking After WordPress 5.5 Update?
- What is jQuery Migrate?
- Why Did WordPress 5.5 Removed jQuery Migrate?
- How to Identify and Fix WordPress Websites Breaking Issue
Before we start, here is a short video explaining what causes WordPress 5.5 to break websites and how to fix it.
Why Websites are Breaking After WordPress 5.5 Update?
WordPress 5.5 is shipped with many new changes like addition of native lazy load functionality, default sitemap integration, auto-update feature for theme and plugin and changes to its default Gutenberg editor.
But in its recent 5.5 release, WordPress has removed jQuery Migrate and that has caused conflicts on many sites. As plugins and themes with outdated codes can’t work properly anymore, resulting in breaking many sites. Especially on the front end.
After updating to WordPress 5.5, many WordPress users are now complaining about issues like Classic Editor not working, pagination not working properly, mobile menu disappeared. Moreover, image sliders not working, featured image functionality causing issue and page builders not working etc.
So, what this jQuery Migrate library is and why it was important? Let’s find out.
What is jQuery Migrate?
Why Did WordPress 5.5 Removed jQuery Migrate?
WordPress keeps updating its coding standards. Now to cope with its new standards it has removed the jQuery Migrate from its core. Removing jQuery Migrate library will ensure that now all WordPress themes and plugins are using standard and latest code instead of outdated codes.
How to Identify and Fix WordPress Websites Breaking Issue
You might be thinking about how you can identify the bugs and errors after this new WordPress release and how to fix them. Well, there are two easy ways to solve the issues.
1. Updating Themes and Plugins.
One way to tackle website 5.5 breaking sites issue is to make sure that you are using the latest version of themes and plugins that are running on your website in the hope that developers have updated the codes of both plugins and themes to make it compatible with recent WordPress update.
2. Install Enable jQuery Migrate Helper plugin.
If the first method didn’t work for you and your website is still facing issues, you may go for another fix, i.e., installing Enable jQuery Migrate Helper plugin on your website. WordPress team maintains Enable jQuery Migrate Helper plugin itself and as the time of writing it had 100,000+ installations.
Want to learn how to install a plugin, read our complete guide about How to install a plugin in WordPress.
Installing and activating this plugin will help you in two ways:
- This plugin also provide ways to identify which theme’s or plugin’s files might be causing the issue. Here are the ways with which you can identify these files.
After you identify the theme or plugin whose file is causing the issue, update the theme or plugin to its latest version and doing this did not solve your issue then contact the theme’s or plugin’s developer to provide a fix for it.
Did the WordPress 5.5 update has crashed your site? Did the Enable jQuery Migrate Helper plugin help fix your broken WordPress dashboard? If you’re facing any difficulty in plugin installation or if this method doesn’t work for you, hit the comments section below.
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