WordPress on February sixth two thousand eighteen released maintenance and security update 4.9.4. This is an update for all previous versions of WordPress since version 3.7. This update includes one bug fix.
WordPress has instituted automatic updates for four years now. I am not a fan up rolling out automatic updates for a content management system. Some hosting companies choose to install WordPress with automatic updates enabled.
What happens is that when a new version of WordPress is released than your wordpress website is automatically updated behind the scenes. You do NOT need to intervene. However, WordPress 4.9.3 has a major severe bug.
This bug can potentially cause automatic updates to fail If this were to occur than either you or your hosting company would then have to intervene. Some hosting companies use softaculous to install and maintain WordPress. You can disable WordPress automatic updates.
I have three websites that I disabled WordPress automatic updates. A fourth website still has automatic updates enabled, but I will be disabling WordPress automatic updates on that website after this WordPress debacle. Luckily, the only website that had WordPress websites enabled was NOT fucked up by this bug.
You can update your version of WordPress to 4.9.4 by clicking on your "Dashboard" if not already there. Then select "Updates". Finally click on "Update Now".
If your WordPress site was configured with automatic background updates, then you should already be updated to 4.9.4. Also, you can download update 4.9.4 directly from WordPress.org. Finally, check out this WordPress 4.9.4 update blog post for more details.