WordPress version 5.1, due to come out in late February, will have a new feature that will help keep you out of trouble when working on your site.
You can read more about the new features coming in WordPress 5.1 over at this post on WP Tavern.
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When WordPress 5.1 launches in late February, it’s going to have a new feature to help prevent the “white screen of death”. If you’ve used WordPress much before, you’ve likely encountered this issue after tinkering with some code or installing a plugin that didn’t play nicely with other plugins.
When this issue comes up, the only solution is to contact your web hosting company or log in via FTP and change things back to how they were before. This can take a lot of time, or require technical skills that are bit too complex.
With this new feature in 5.1, WordPress will catch fatal errors so that you can still log into the admin area and work to fix the problem. This means that if you activate a plugin that takes your site down, you should still be able to access the admin area to deactivate that plugin and get things running again. This is a huge improvement over having to revert from backup or manually remove the plugin via FTP.
5.1 will also include some other new features, such as integrating the “Site Health Check” plugin to help sites with various maintenance as well as a PHP version warning for sites that are out of date on that.
WordPress version 5.1 is currently scheduled for release on February 21, but those dates often slip a bit. We’ll see what happens in the coming month, but this will be a nice little update whenever it comes out.