WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”, named for Cuban musician Bebo Valdés, was released on December 6, 2018. This revolutionary version release of WordPress introduces block editing, and an editor-compatible default block theme called Twenty Nineteen.

If you are already hosted in our Managed WordPress Hosting (MWP) environment, here is more information.

If you are needing some time to adjust to the new block editing feature, you can still download and install the Classic Editor plugin to restore the Classic WordPress editor and the Edit Post screen. The Classic Editor lets you:

  • Keep using plugins that are not compatible with the new block editor
  • Keeps old-style meta boxes
  • Continue using functionality otherwise dependent on the legacy-editing experience

If you prefer to stick with the legacy Classic Editor, support will remain in WordPress through 2021.

Cloud Sites PHP 5.6/7.0 to Be Discontinued on February 11th, 2019

Below are critical dates and planned activities in the phasing out of PHP 5.6/7.0. Key initiatives include a readiness test in January and the service maintenance windows for shutdown in February.


PHP SUNSETTING (FEBRUARY 11TH – 28TH)

Liquid Web will be performing the maintenance to upgrade the servers to PHP 7.2, nightly, Monday through Thursday starting February 11th. As we get closer to the transition date, they will create status posts on the status page with a more detailed breakdown of the schedule so you can determine when your sites will start to serve from PHP 7.2.

PHX1-1: 2/11 thru 2/14 – 9pm to 3am CT
PHX1-2: 2/18 thru 2/21 – 9pm to 3am CT
LAN3-1: 2/25 thru 2/28 – 9pm to 3am CT

You can determine your datacenter location based on the testlinks in your control panel and match that to the scheduled week to identify which week your account will have the maintenance.

Example: http://www.mydomain.com.php56-29.phx1-1.websitetestlink.com would be PHX1-1 Datacenter.


READINESS TEST (JANUARY 15TH – 17TH)

To assist you in preparing for the transition, beginning 1/15/19 and ending 1/17/19 Liquid Web will be conducting daily readiness testing in each datacenter. During one of those three days, your legacy sites will temporarily serve content from PHP 7.2 servers. You can use this test to verify that your websites will perform as needed after the full migration taking place in February.

You can determine your datacenter location based on the testlinks in your control panel and match that to the scheduled day, and then review your site during the testing period to make sure all is prepared for the deadline occurring a month later.

Example: http://www.mydomain.com.php56-29.phx1-1.websitetestlink.com would be PHX1-1 Datacenter.

Below are the dates and time frames Liquid Web will be performing the Readiness Test. As we get closer to the date of the test, Liquid Web will also create status posts with a more detailed breakdown so you can see when your site will have its testing period on the status page.

PHX1-1: 01/15/2019 – 10am – 5pm CT – 30 Minutes per Cluster
PHX1-2: 01/16/2019 – 10am – 5pm CT – 30 Minutes per Cluster
LAN3-1: 01/17/2019 – 10am – 5pm CT – 30 Minutes per Cluster

Be aware, if you use a CDN like Cloudflare, you will need to disable it during the testing period so that you can properly see the results of the test. If you have any additional questions, at the bottom of this ticket is a list of helpful articles and you can submit a support ticket with any further questions.


HELPFUL ARTICLES AND FURTHER INFORMATION

How to test your Website on PHP 7.2

How to view/change your PHP Version

Our Previous Blog Post

PHP Support Timeline