WordPress has just released its latest core update (version 5.8), in which they’ve announced several exciting performance-boosting features but will also be dropping support for Internet Explorer 11. “Dropping support” means that while the browser will not be removed, it will no longer be updated or used to test WordPress features and updates. This makes it a security and performance risk, especially if you use Internet Explorer to edit your WordPress website.
(If you’re editing your website through Internet Explorer, you may have already noticed the warning in the backend of your website that IE11 is outdated).
Microsoft has already announced that they have been phasing out support for Internet Explorer 11 and will continue to do so until it’s retired in June of 2022. We understand updating from Internet Explorer may be easier said than done, so please read on for our recommendations and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
What does this mean for me?
If you’re currently using Internet Explorer, it’s highly recommended that you update your browser to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge has an “Internet Explorer mode” that allows you to view websites as if in Internet Explorer which can be a great way to transition to Microsoft Edge from Internet Explorer.
More information on Internet Explorer mode for Microsoft Edge can be found at this link, and it will be supported through at least 2029: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployedge/edge-ie-mode
Most importantly, if you would like us to wait to update your website to WordPress 5.8 so you can continue to have support for Internet Explorer 11, please let us know before September 23rd, 2021 so we can make a plan with you.