We get asked about our schedule for updating our free and Pro WordPress plugins. This post explains our goals and typical timelines for updating plugins and staying current with the latest version of WordPress.
Goals for plugin updates
Our main goals for plugin updates are as follows:
- Stay current with latest WordPress
- Stay current with latest version of PHP
- Stay current with all libraries and scripts
- Fix any bugs and resolve reported issues
- Improve existing code whenever possible
- Add code as needed for new features
- Focus on performance and security
- Maintain current documentation
These have been our working goals for 15+ years developing plugins and themes for WordPress.
Schedule for plugin updates
Our plugin development schedule is pretty much ongoing continuous. Plugin updates are released for each new “major” version of WordPress. Major versions are numbered 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and so forth. Typically WordPress releases major updates 3 or 4 times per year. So to keep our plugins current with all the latest, we consistently follow along with that same schedule.
Beyond that, we often push out “point” versions for things like emergency bug fixes and/or anything security related. We take security very seriously, with a proven track record going back 15+ years. Point versions are numbered like, 1.0.1, 1.0.2, 1.0.3, etc. WordPress may release a number of point updates in between major versions. Likewise with our plugins, point updates enable us to act quickly to resolve issues.
If you would like to know more, feel free to get in touch anytime. Cheers.