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PHP requirement for WordPress, WooCommerce dashboard and Gutenberg 5.4

Today’s roundup is all about various upcoming updates across the WordPress ecosphere. From WordPress itself to Gutenberg, PHP, and WooCommerce. Let’s get started!

WordPress wants you to update your PHP

If you’ve been following my roundups, you may recall that WordPress is finally bumping its minimum PHP requirement in the upcoming WordPress 5.2 release. I usually don’t like to repeat myself, but in this case, I’ll make an exception. Partly, because there now is a post on WordPress.org by Aaron Jorbin. In it he says the following:

If your site is running on an unsupported version of PHP, the WordPress updater will not offer WordPress 5.2 to your site. If you attempt to update WordPress manually, that update will fail. To continue using the latest features of WordPress you must update to a newer version of PHP.


More information about what this means for you, why you should want to upgrade anyway, and how to prepare can be found in the rest of the post. I highly encourage you to read it.

A new WooCommerce Dashboard is in the making

WooCommerce, the most popular e-commerce solution for WordPress, has shared some interesting news about a new feature. They’re going to completely overhaul the WooCommerce dashboard.

It will give store owners a quick overview of how their store is performing and the ability to customize the dashboard to their needs. Store owners can view charted data directly from the Dashboard via 14 different data points, and select any chart to load an associated report for deeper analysis.

With those 14 data points, store owners can track performance with statistics, analytics, and other reports

WooCommerce is bundling this new dashboard in a feature plugin which you can download for testing. Read all about it in their announcement post.

Gutenberg 5.4

Last but not least, let’s look at the progress in Gutenberg. From the Make WordPress Core blog:

Foundational work and initial UI explorations to implement the block-based widgets screen are on-going. In the meantime, the contributors worked on a number of bug fixes and improvements. All the bug-fixes will be included in the next beta of WordPress 5.2.

Meaning, even though the features added up until Gutenberg 5.3 will be added to WordPress 5.2, bug-fixes found to those features are still being included to the betas.

If you’d like to read more about how Gutenberg 5.4 now supports vertical alignment for the columns block – and more – you can do so here.

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8 Responses to PHP requirement for WordPress, WooCommerce dashboard and Gutenberg 5.4

  1. sowmyasri
    sowmyasri  • 2 years ago

    WordPress is the best open source PHP framework, thanks for the needful article…

  2. kevin crag
    kevin crag  • 2 years ago

    WordPress is now becoming the complete website having server space and database . it sounds good

  3. nana
    nana  • 2 years ago

    The latest version is quite impressive because it gives the users good performance, more new features and also an overview of revenue. Thanks for sharing the info.

    • Remkus de Vries

      You’re welcome, Nana :)

  4. Vipul Gupta
    Vipul Gupta  • 2 years ago

    I think this is a tough decision taken by WordPress to issue this statement as they already know that 81.3% of WordPress sites are running, or are about to be running, an unsupported version of PHP. But we have to understand that using the latest and supported version of PHP gives better security, better performance, best support, and a handful of more new features for developers.

    • Remkus de Vries

      The recommended PHP version is 7.3 and supported. This effort is focused on those left on the 5.2.x to upgrade. A tough decision indeed, but also one years overdue.

  5. Raza Kazmi
    Raza Kazmi  • 2 years ago

    The need to increase PHP version has occurred to me as the most disturbing update of wordpress. They should’ve kept the minimum version of PHP as a standard to update the wordpress.

    Secondly, the upcoming update of wooCommerce dashboard is quite exciting. As viewed from the link, it gives you the overview of revenue and other things which makes me to want it more.

    • Remkus de Vries

      They should’ve kept the minimum version of PHP as a standard to update the wordpress

      I strongly disagree. For all the reasons outlined in this post. It’s an upgrade years overdue.