WordPress Versions Support Period

Support Period in Days

Data Sources

The raw data for this chart is based on release dates of all the major WordPress versions.

Support period is the difference (in days) between the release date until the version end-of-life, or when it was no longer receiving updates.

History

Supported versions receive regular updates fixing bugs and security vulnerabilities by releasing minor versions.

At the beginning, each major version was supported until the next major version was released.

The introduction of Automatic Updates in WordPress 3.7 was a game changer. It made it easier to support older versions by releasing new minor versions fixing security vulnerabilities automatically in the background. Since then, all major versions are actively supported. When new vulnerability discovered, core developers release a new minor version fox all major versions – back to WordPress 3.7.

Until WordPress 3.7 the support period was equal to version lifespan – the period between two major WordPress versions.
Since WordPress 3.7 the support period is larger than version lifespan – the period since the release date.

There were many discussions to stop supporting older WordPress versions, but they were not accepted.

Historical Data

5.7Support period of 1 month, 44 days.-91-67% ▼
5.6Support period of 5 months, 135 days.-119-47% ▼
5.5Support period of 8 months, 254 days.-133-34% ▼
5.4Support period of 1 year, 387 days.-140-27% ▼
5.3Support period of 1 year, 527 days.-189-26% ▼
5.2Support period of 2 years, 716 days.-75-9% ▼
5.1Support period of 2 years, 791 days.-77-9% ▼
5.0Support period of 2 years, 868 days.-385-31% ▼
4.9Support period of 3 years, 1,253 days.-161-11% ▼
4.8Support period of 4 years, 1,414 days.-184-12% ▼
4.7Support period of 4 years, 1,598 days.-112-7% ▼
4.6Support period of 5 years, 1,710 days.-126-7% ▼
4.5Support period of 5 years, 1,836 days.-126-6% ▼
4.4Support period of 5 years, 1,962 days.-112-5% ▼
4.3Support period of 6 years, 2,074 days.-117-5% ▼
4.2Support period of 6 years, 2,191 days.-127-5% ▼
4.1Support period of 6 years, 2,318 days.-104-4% ▼
4.0Support period of 7 years, 2,422 days.-141-6% ▼
3.9Support period of 7 years, 2,563 days.-125-5% ▼
3.8Support period of 7 years, 2,688 days.-49-2% ▼
3.7Support period of 7 years, 2,737 days.+2,6533,158% ▲
3.6Support period of 3 months, 84 days.-149-64% ▼
3.5Support period of 8 months, 233 days.+5229% ▲
3.4Support period of 6 months, 181 days.-3-2% ▼
3.3Support period of 6 months, 184 days.+2314% ▲
3.2Support period of 5 months, 161 days.+3023% ▲
3.1Support period of 4 months, 131 days.-120-48% ▼
3.0Support period of 8 months, 251 days.+7039% ▲
2.9Support period of 6 months, 181 days.-10-5% ▼
2.8Support period of 6 months, 191 days.+95% ▲
2.7Support period of 6 months, 182 days.+3423% ▲
2.6Support period of 5 months, 148 days.+4037% ▲
2.5Support period of 4 months, 108 days.-79-42% ▼
2.3Support period of 6 months, 187 days.+5643% ▲
2.2Support period of 4 months, 131 days.+1715% ▲
2.1Support period of 4 months, 114 days.-278-71% ▼
2.0Support period of 1 year, 392 days.+8026% ▲
1.5Support period of 10 months, 312 days.+4115% ▲
1.2Support period of 9 months, 271 days.+13194% ▲
1.0Support period of 5 months, 140 days.-81-37% ▼
0.7Support period of 7 months, 221 days.+221100% ▲