Lifespan of a WordPress version

The new version 3.6 has been released much later than anticipated; the release has been estimated for the end of April and has finally been released in early August. Therefore v3.5.x stayed the freshest available version for 234 days. How does this compare to the previous versions?


On average a WordPress version was replaced by a new one after 198 days. Outstanding is the version 2.0 which stayed the newest version for over one year (Dec 2005 – Jan 2007). Starting with version 2.1 WordPress development took a faster pace and the release of new versions took about four to six months. (Source: Wikipedia)





22 responses to “Lifespan of a WordPress version”

  1. Josh Brancek Avatar

    Interesting to see this trend isnt it. Nice graph!!!

  2. Charlie Livingston Avatar
    Charlie Livingston

    Why was 3.6 so delayed?

  3. Daniel Heywood Avatar

    The new post interface was going to be included, but then deemed not ready, but it delayed things a bit while they had a think about it – should be in the next release

  4. Shan Avatar

    I just read that , new version named for Oscar Peterson . It has some great improvement in admin panel . WordPress is great ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Arthur Pinheiro Machado Avatar

    Great post! Soon we will see version 3.6 in this graph.
    The trend is getting even faster right?

  6. Mike Dernerk Avatar

    Hey folks, do you plan to add version 3.6 in there???

  7. Chris Avatar

    Nice graph – thanks for posting. The WP update to version “Oscar” was clearly overdue.

  8. Dave Gill Avatar

    I run about a dozen sites, and it feels like every time I log back in to one of them I need to update. Maybe they’ll add an auto update option in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Latz Avatar

    I plan to update this graphic every time a new WordPress version is released.

  10. Christine Avatar

    In my humble opinion, it means that the WordPress blogging platform is secure right??? I am asking because I have a history of my sites being hacked by bad programs out there…

  11. Rudd Avatar

    So 2.0 had the longest lifespan of more than one year.

    Looks like 3.7 will have the shortest lifespan of about 2 months ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Kathy Daunt Avatar

    Great information update. The version 3.6 is very nice and it has so many upgraded features. Even the security of the site is insisted more here.
    it has editorial controls like post lock, auto-save function,post revision handling,workflow, advanced UI formats, better log in notification and so on.

    Please do make a similar post when there 3.7 and 3.8 release. expecting these kind of technical post.

  13. Chetan Avatar

    Great share thanks!!!
    I really like the latest version of WordPress that is WordPress 3.6
    It’s powerful features are really greate specially post locking feature. WordPress is amazing platform. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Rob Avatar

    Interesting to see the life span or wordpress themes, I still us a really old version though.

  15. Daniel Heywood Avatar

    Dave, I run multiple sites too. I understand the need for updates, but it can be a heart in the mouth moment when constantly updating multiple sites. Broken themes after version updates keep me awake at night ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Charlie Livingston Avatar

    Rob, you should update to the latest version. If only because it’s more secure.

  17. Agenzia Web It Serv Avatar

    As Charlie wrote, maybe it’s the case to update it! Thanks!

  18. socialengaged Avatar

    Thank you for sharing, great article! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. HowHut Avatar

    yes it is released but should updating it is good because some of plugins stop working by doing it.

  20. Daniel Heywood Avatar

    HowHut, you definitely need to check the compatibility on no longer supported plugins. There’s a lot kicking around and there are security inplications too if your not on the latest version 3.6 already has 3.6.1 for security updates. WordPress moves Fast! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Henrik Avatar

    Make sure to update your WP installation and plugin when they are new versions. That eliminates most security treats. You can install a bad plugin with security issues or have some miss configuration on your web/database server. Thats a lot harder to spot.

  22. Avatar

    Great post about wordpress! I will update my blog also with the latest when it is stable.