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 3 months, 99 days.-91-48% ▼
5.6Support period of 6 months, 190 days.-119-39% ▼
5.5Support period of 10 months, 309 days.-133-30% ▼
5.4Support period of 1 year, 442 days.-140-24% ▼
5.3Support period of 2 years, 582 days.-189-25% ▼
5.2Support period of 2 years, 771 days.-75-9% ▼
5.1Support period of 2 years, 846 days.-77-8% ▼
5.0Support period of 3 years, 923 days.-385-29% ▼
4.9Support period of 4 years, 1,308 days.-161-11% ▼
4.8Support period of 4 years, 1,469 days.-184-11% ▼
4.7Support period of 5 years, 1,653 days.-112-6% ▼
4.6Support period of 5 years, 1,765 days.-126-7% ▼
4.5Support period of 5 years, 1,891 days.-126-6% ▼
4.4Support period of 6 years, 2,017 days.-112-5% ▼
4.3Support period of 6 years, 2,129 days.-117-5% ▼
4.2Support period of 6 years, 2,246 days.-127-5% ▼
4.1Support period of 7 years, 2,373 days.-104-4% ▼
4.0Support period of 7 years, 2,477 days.-141-5% ▼
3.9Support period of 7 years, 2,618 days.-125-5% ▼
3.8Support period of 8 years, 2,743 days.-49-2% ▼
3.7Support period of 8 years, 2,792 days.+2,7083,224% ▲
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% ▲