Since our article about auto-updates a few weeks back, we’ve had multiple tickets opened for lots of types of plugin that are no longer working.  This has come about from the auto-updates from WordPress v5.5…

We’re aware of an issue which is caused by the deprecation of a jQuery function in WordPress that has been the cause in the majority of cases.

You can also clear your browser cache post-update and logging in via a private browser window too.  This may help, but it’s unlikely…

WordPress also seem to be aware of this issue too.  After thousands of people complained and posted on forums, this was their response;

“With the update to WordPress 5.5, a migration tool known as jquery-migrate will no longer be enabled by default. This may lead to unexpected behaviors in some themes or plugins who run older code.”

We’ve already seen problems with WPBakery Page Builder, Running SEO and Yoast – but many more have yet to be reported.


So, what’s the work-around with this?

Well, there’s a temporary fix to this until the plugin and theme authors catch up.  It’s simple to install and will solve the problem most users are facing.

You can download the plugin at


Wordpress post entry being worked on from a laptop
WordPress post entry being worked on from a laptop


What about Gutenberg?

We know another common cause of plugin problems is Gutenberg, the much-hated introduction to WordPress.  You can disable Gutenberg either by using the plugin at or adding some PHP code.

To do this, simply add the following to your theme’s functions.php file:

// disable for posts
add_filter('use_block_editor_for_post', '__return_false', 10);

// disable for post types
add_filter('use_block_editor_for_post_type', '__return_false', 10);


I need help with my site or plugin.  What can I do?

For plugins, you may need to talk to the developer.  For sites, if you’re hosted with us we’re already working on it.  If you’re not with us but need our help – get in touch today.

Please note, we’re not responsible for anything in third-party web sites, including cookies or advertising.