Following the popular release of WordPress 4.8, WordPress has released its maintenance fix: version 4.8.1. While 4.8.1 is not a security release, the latest version details 29 bug and maintenance fixes that make WordPress a better experience for everyone. The most notable addition is the Custom HTML widget that everyone’s talking about.
Custom HTML Widget & Text editor
WordPress 4.8 saw the introduction of TinyMCE functionality to its text widget, but this became problematic for users who were making use of Custom HTML, because the visual editor removes part of the code.
The introduction of the Custom HTML widget is ideal for users who need to paste HTML snippets into their sidebars or widgetized areas. The widget features the same visual editing interface that the post editor uses (TinyMCE).
Users making use of text widgets with Custom HTML will be prompted by a message on top of the widget, suggesting they use the Custom HTML widget:
“This widget may contain code that may work better in the new ‘Custom HTML’ widget. How about trying that widget instead?”
In the event that the user doesn’t notice the message or uses the Visual editor anyway, another message will pop up suggesting the user use the Text editor, or try out the Custom HTML widget instead.
Any older websites that use Text widgets with custom HTML in them will be opened in legacy mode. The legacy mode will make use of the old text widget interface (the old text widget interface includes the check box prompt to automatically include new paragraphs).
In the event that you have a site running WordPress 4.8, with problematic text widgets containing HTML, WordPress recommends that the improvements be tested on a staging site. Once you have upgraded, see if the widgets will open in legacy mode.
4.8.1’s Enhancements And Maintenance
Other areas that have been addressed with the release of WordPress 4.8.1 include:
– Including Empty Trash and Empty Spam buttons on mobile
– Updating the missing panel footer in customizer
– Delete menu and add new item separated in customizer
Remember: if you haven’t updated your site to the latest WordPress version, it is essential that you do. Before updating any software on your website, remember to back your website up. In the unlikely event that something does go wrong, you can always restore your back up.
Sites that are running versions of WordPress later than 3.7 should be able to automatically update to the latest version in the background. For peace of mind, check if your site is capable of this.
Updating WordPress is quick and easy with one-click updates. All you need to do is click on the Update WordPress button in your dashboard, or in the email notification that you receive.