WordPress rolled out a bug fix update, version 5.6.2. Aside from an issue affecting Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg plugin, the update is largely successful, publishers are encouraged to update.
WP 5.6.2 is called a Maintenance Update. A maintenance update is one that is meant to fix bugs introduced by a previous update. Because a maintenance update fixes problems, it is generally recommended that publishers update their WordPress to the latest version.
The latest update fixes a problem introduced with version 5.6.1. That issue was called the “Leave site? Changes you made may not be saved” bug. What happens is that on certain pages in the Admin backend, WordPress would spawn a warning that changes that were made would not be saved.
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The initial report of the bug described it like this:
“We use custom taxonomies extensively, and as of 5.6.1 today, every custom taxonomy page now prompts with “Leave site? Changes you made may not be saved.” This has never happened before for custom taxonomies and is now quickly getting really annoying.”
This caused considerable confusion in the WordPress publishing community as many were unsure of why they were receiving the warning message.
WordPress publishers are encouraged to update to version 5.6.2 because it contains a bug fix and there are no widespread reports of issues.
Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg Bug
The only reported bug has to do with a third party plugin called Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg by Brainstorm Force.
According to a report on the WordPress support forums the bug causes a display issue. In terms of bugs this is a relatively minor issue. The issue is apparently a bug with the plugin and not with WordPress.
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Publishers using the Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg plugin who are experiencing display anomalies are encouraged to file a support ticket at WP Astra, the publishers of the plugin.
The person reporting the issue shared this description of the problem:
“I’ve done some testing and was able to pin down the problem. It’s a plugin, specifically Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg. And more specifically, it only happens when using a Post Carousel.
Note: There could be more triggers for the problem, but that’s the one affecting me right now.
When I disable that plugin, the problem goes away. Sadly, I can’t just disable it because I use some of this blocks for a lot of content.
PD: Oh, and if you still need the info, the theme I’m using is Astra
PD2: I tried twenty twenty-one and twenty nineteen and the problem is not there. Seems to be linked to Astra and Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg working together.”
The bug appears to be a fairly inconsequential issue, one that affects a relatively low number of WordPress publishers.
WordPress 5.6.2 appears to be a safe update. Publishers are encouraged to update their WordPress installations.
Read the official WordPress announcement:
Google December Product Reviews Update Affects More Than English Language Sites? via @sejournal, @martinibuster
Google’s Product Reviews update was announced to be rolling out to the English language. No mention was made as to if or when it would roll out to other languages. Mueller answered a question as to whether it is rolling out to other languages.
Google December 2021 Product Reviews Update
On December 1, 2021, Google announced on Twitter that a Product Review update would be rolling out that would focus on English language web pages.
Our December 2021 product reviews update is now rolling out for English-language pages. It will take about three weeks to complete. We have also extended our advice for product review creators: https://t.co/N4rjJWoaqE
— Google Search Central (@googlesearchc) December 1, 2021
The focus of the update was for improving the quality of reviews shown in Google search, specifically targeting review sites.
A Googler tweeted a description of the kinds of sites that would be targeted for demotion in the search rankings:
“Mainly relevant to sites that post articles reviewing products.
Think of sites like “best TVs under $200″.com.
Goal is to improve the quality and usefulness of reviews we show users.”
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Google also published a blog post with more guidance on the product review update that introduced two new best practices that Google’s algorithm would be looking for.
The first best practice was a requirement of evidence that a product was actually handled and reviewed.
The second best practice was to provide links to more than one place that a user could purchase the product.
The Twitter announcement stated that it was rolling out to English language websites. The blog post did not mention what languages it was rolling out to nor did the blog post specify that the product review update was limited to the English language.
Google’s Mueller Thinking About Product Reviews Update
Product Review Update Targets More Languages?
The person asking the question was rightly under the impression that the product review update only affected English language search results.
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But he asserted that he was seeing search volatility in the German language that appears to be related to Google’s December 2021 Product Review Update.
This is his question:
“I was seeing some movements in German search as well.
So I was wondering if there could also be an effect on websites in other languages by this product reviews update… because we had lots of movement and volatility in the last weeks.
…My question is, is it possible that the product reviews update affects other sites as well?”
John Mueller answered:
“I don’t know… like other languages?
My assumption was this was global and and across all languages.
But I don’t know what we announced in the blog post specifically.
But usually we try to push the engineering team to make a decision on that so that we can document it properly in the blog post.
I don’t know if that happened with the product reviews update. I don’t recall the complete blog post.
But it’s… from my point of view it seems like something that we could be doing in multiple languages and wouldn’t be tied to English.
And even if it were English initially, it feels like something that is relevant across the board, and we should try to find ways to roll that out to other languages over time as well.
So I’m not particularly surprised that you see changes in Germany.
But I also don’t know what we actually announced with regards to the locations and languages that are involved.”
Does Product Reviews Update Affect More Languages?
While the tweeted announcement specified that the product reviews update was limited to the English language the official blog post did not mention any such limitations.
Google’s John Mueller offered his opinion that the product reviews update is something that Google could do in multiple languages.
One must wonder if the tweet was meant to communicate that the update was rolling out first in English and subsequently to other languages.
It’s unclear if the product reviews update was rolled out globally to more languages. Hopefully Google will clarify this soon.
Google Blog Post About Product Reviews Update
Google’s New Product Reviews Guidelines
John Mueller Discusses If Product Reviews Update Is Global
Watch Mueller answer the question at the 14:00 Minute Mark
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