WordPress 5.3: Site Health Updates

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If you are new to WordPress Site Health tool & Error Protection then you might want to read about our previous post: WordPress: Site Health Check, where we have covered all the different areas of site health tool in detail.

Site health tool was released on WordPress 5.2 which checks for security and performance issues on the website and give instructions for improvements if any and also, helps admin users to recover their website on any technical difficulties.

With WordPress 5.3, there has been several updates in site health tools, which we are going to discuss below.

1. Site Health Grading Indicator Changes

With the release of site health grading percentage in WordPress 5.2, there has been some concerns on whether or not grading system as such should exist as that might create additional problems for people obsessed with scoring 100%. Taking these concerns into consideration, in WP 5.3 percentage grading has been removed and the Site Health tool now only show two simple states:

  • Should be improved
  • Good.

Also, to communicate clearly on Site Health checks on progress, status mentioning “Results are still loading..” is displayed along with the grading circle pulse animation.

2. Recovery email enhancements

Previous versions of WP already sends a recovery email to user for any failures but its hard for user to understand what’s going on and will be difficult to get help without enough information.

WordPress 5.3 comes to rescue such that the recovery email will now contain basic information that is useful in debugging a problem. By default email contains following informations:

  • WordPress version
  • PHP version
  • Current theme and version
  • The plugin name and version causing the issue

WP filter “recovery_email_debug_info” can be used by developers to add/modify debug information sent on recovery emails.

3. Filters for Completed Site Health Status Tests

A new filter “site_status_test_result” has been introduced which allows developers to filter the output of a Site Health test. The filter is available for both PHP and Javascript.

WordPress Site Health FAQ?

What is Site Health Tool in WordPress?

Site Health in WordPress is a tool which checks for security and performance issues on the website and give instructions for improvements if any and also, helps admin users to recover their website on any technical difficulties.

How can one take benefit from Site Health Tool updates?

Site Health tool runs a series of tests on the website and provide you the list of critical issues and recommended improvements. Critical issues are the urgent ones and fixing recommended improvements will overall help you improve your websites performance and security. Also, Info page on Site Health Tool provides you detail information for your wordpress website including server information.

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