WordPress Lifecycle: End Of Life And Support Status

Last updated on April 18, 2024

By definition, WordPress is an open-source Content Management System (CMS) for the web platform. This CMS is ideal for those with no or limited coding experience since it is based on plugins and templates, known as themes, with little to no coding required.

Of course, WordPress does support coding when needed.

It is one of the most popular and user-friendly CMS available today.

Support status guide

End of life (EOL) is the end of a product’s useful life. When a product reaches the end of its life cycle, the manufacturer no longer supports it. The following table explains the different phases of a product’s lifecycle. Testing status is when the product is initially released and EOL is when product support is no longer offered. The time between these two points is the support timeframe.

Testing

The software is not yet publicly available. It is in testing phase i.e., alpha, beta, release preview etc.

Active

The software is actively supported by the vendor.

Phasing Out

The software will soon reach its end of life. You need to look for upgrade or migration options. The software will automatically go into phasing out status 2 months before end of life.

End Of Life

The software is no longer supported by the vendor. You need to make sure your system and environment are safe.

Version

Released

Active Support

6.5
2 months and 4 days ago
(2 April 2024)
Supported
6.4
6 months and 4 weeks ago
(7 November 2023)
Ended 2 months and 4 days ago
(2 April 2024)
6.3
9 months and 4 weeks ago
(8 August 2023)
Ended 6 months and 4 weeks ago
(7 November 2023)
6.2
1 year and 2 months ago
(29 March 2023)
Ended 9 months and 4 weeks ago
(8 August 2023)
6.1
1 year and 7 months ago
(2 November 2022)
Ended 1 year and 2 months ago
(29 March 2023)
6.0
2 years and 1 week ago
(24 May 2022)
Ended 1 year and 7 months ago
(1 November 2022)
5.9
2 years and 4 months ago
(25 January 2022)
Ended 2 years and 1 week ago
(24 May 2022)
5.8
2 years and 10 months ago
(20 July 2021)
Ended 2 years and 4 months ago
(25 January 2022)
5.7
3 years and 2 months ago
(9 March 2021)
Ended 2 years and 10 months ago
(20 July 2021)
5.6
3 years and 5 months ago
(8 December 2020)
Ended 3 years and 2 months ago
(9 March 2021)
5.5
3 years and 9 months ago
(11 August 2020)
Ended 3 years and 5 months ago
(8 December 2020)
5.4
4 years and 2 months ago
(31 March 2020)
Ended 3 years and 9 months ago
(11 August 2020)
5.3
4 years and 6 months ago
(12 November 2019)
Ended 4 years and 2 months ago
(31 March 2020)
5.2
5 years and 4 weeks ago
(7 May 2019)
Ended 4 years and 6 months ago
(12 November 2019)
5.1
5 years and 3 months ago
(21 February 2019)
Ended 5 years and 4 weeks ago
(7 May 2019)
5.0
5 years and 6 months ago
(6 December 2018)
Ended 5 years and 3 months ago
(21 February 2019)
4.9
6 years and 6 months ago
(16 November 2017)
Ended 5 years and 6 months ago
(6 December 2018)
4.8
6 years and 11 months ago
(8 June 2017)
Ended 6 years and 6 months ago
(16 November 2017)
4.6
7 years and 9 months ago
(16 August 2016)
Ended 7 years and 6 months ago
(6 December 2016)
4.5
8 years and 1 month ago
(12 April 2016)
Ended 7 years and 9 months ago
(16 August 2016)
4.4
8 years and 5 months ago
(9 December 2015)
Ended 8 years and 1 month ago
(12 April 2016)
4.3
8 years and 9 months ago
(18 August 2015)
Ended 8 years and 5 months ago
(8 December 2015)
4.2
9 years and 1 month ago
(23 April 2015)
Ended 8 years and 9 months ago
(18 August 2015)
4.1
9 years and 5 months ago
(18 December 2014)
Ended 9 years and 1 month ago
(23 April 2015)
4.0
9 years and 9 months ago
(4 September 2014)
Ended 9 years and 5 months ago
(18 December 2014)
3.9
10 years and 1 month ago
(16 April 2014)
Ended 9 years and 9 months ago
(4 September 2014)
3.8
10 years and 5 months ago
(12 December 2013)
Ended 10 years and 1 month ago
(16 April 2014)
3.7
10 years and 7 months ago
(24 October 2013)
Ended 10 years and 5 months ago
(12 December 2013)
3.6
10 years and 10 months ago
(1 August 2013)
Ended 10 years and 7 months ago
(24 October 2013)

An older WordPress version is no longer supported as soon as a newer one is available. This means that at a time, only one (latest) WordPress version is supported.

WordPress receives security support, which means that security vulnerabilities are patched. However, there is no precise definition of when a new release will be made, or whether or not a supported version will receive a security update or not. It all depends on the needs of the software.

The WordPress community ensures the users that a security update will automatically be backported to older releases, except for version 4.1 and older.

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