WordPress 5.0 is planned to be released early 2018, there is no date set as of yet though. As this is a major release we would like to recommend all WordPress users and admins to proceed with great caution before updating to this version, as the chances of things breaking are much more likely in a release like this compared to a minor release.
Here are a few pointer on how to keep your site safe while updating to WordPress 5:
- Update the site on a local or staging copy first
- Run visual regression testing to check if anything has changed on the front end
- Run automated functionality tests on the back end to ensure maintained functionality
- Make sure that you have proper backups in case something should go wrong
If you should need help performing any of these tasks on your site then please submit a support ticket or chat with us directly on Slack, and we’ll help you out with keeping your site safe while updating to WordPress 5.
Safe and steady WordPressing!