January 31, 2013 at 9:43 am #16736
I'm new to Genesis, and have the Bee Crafty theme and Genesis 1.9.1.
As I peruse Studiopress, WordPress.org, and the Internet at Large, I have found many plugins that do not say they have been updated for WordPress 3.5.1, which as a new user to WordPress I am running.
For the Genesis-specific plugins, such as Genesis Simple Hooks - can I expect that installing the plugin (which hasn't been updated in almost a year) will work with with 3.5.1? How about your other plugins (I haven't found any yet that claim compatibility with the latest version of WP!)? Do I just have to cross my fingers and hope the plugin doesn't break my site and functions as it's supposed to? If not, when will the plugins be updated for the current version of WP?
It's concerning to me that a Premium, well respected theme site wouldn't keep their plugins up to date so I can use them on the most current, most secure WP installation. I'm worried that by locking myself into the Genesis Framework I won't be able to update my WP installation without worry of breaking my plugins and site... but I want to try to stay as up to date as possible so that I can remain secure.
Chris @ SingDancePlayLearn.comJanuary 31, 2013 at 10:35 am #16741
Genesis is really great about keeping up with the latest WP installs. Just because a plugin doesn't state it is compatible doesn't mean that it isn't compatible.
Simple Hooks works great under 3.5.1.
StudioPress and those in the community generally do a really good job of "future-proofing" their code, meaning that it would work for many generations of WordPress after when they wrote it. Simple Hooks hasn't needed any changes recently to keep it working.
The most recent StudioPress-related plugin that *needed* an update, that I'm aware of, was Simple URLs, that needed a small tweak when 3.5 came out.
In short, it is always best practice to run the most up-to-date version of WordPress and all plugins, and the Genesis community is big about ensuring everything still works with everything else in the ecosystem!
Hope that helps!
January 31, 2013 at 10:46 am #16747
Yes, that's great to hear, thanks, Brandon.
Something I would find useful is if there was a system to encourage the community to validate that the latest version of WordPress is working with their site's configuration... maybe even a plugin? 😉 (Yes I know there's some version of this on wordpress.org but it doesn't seem very widely used. All I ever see is "Not enough info".)
ChrisJanuary 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm #16783
Yeah, it's not used. It's kinda funky - you have to be logged into WordPress.org and visit the plugin's page to vote on that.
Plugin authors can update the readme.txt in their plugins (that populate the info seen in the wordpress.org page for the plugin) without uploading a new version. I think encouraging plugin authors to do that would be the best prospect for success.
January 31, 2013 at 10:24 pm #16975
Yeah, quite a few plugins do not get updated, upgraded for years, yet still work. Mostly. The problem with plugins is often a conflict with another plugin. There's no way to know which will conflict with what, and the only way to find a problem is trial and error.
That said, I have three or four plugins in common usage which haven't been updated in three years or so and yet still work just fine.
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