WordPress 4.8.1 maintenance release

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WordPress 4.8.1 maintenance release

WordPress released the latest 4.8.1 version on 2 August 2017. This is a maintenance release version which consists 29 maintenance fixes and enhancements, chief among them are fixes to the rich Text Widget and the introduction of custom HTML Widget.

Below are the full list of changes made to version 4.8


  • #40982 : Permalink Settings: custom structure field keyboard trap

Build/Test Tools

  • #41327 : Bump Akismet External – 4.9 Edition


  • #40975 : ‘Empty Spam’ and ‘Empty Trash’ comment buttons not displayed on mobile


  • #40978 : Customizer Panel Footer border missing

  • #40981 : Customizer: Menus: it is far too easy to mistakenly delete a menu because the “Delete Menu” link and the “Add Items” button are too close together

  • #41158 : Increase tinymce panel z-index

  • #41410 : Set `’filter’ => ‘content’` on starter content “business info” widget


  • #41019 : oEmbed: Update VideoPress oEmbed URL

  • #41048 : `WP_oEmbed_Controller::get_proxy_item()` should remove `_wpnonce` from cached `$args`

  • #41299 : oEmbed proxy fails to forward maxwidth and maxheight params


  • #41056 : WP-API JS Client: Settings is incorrectly registered as a collection


  • #41231 : media-views.js: Cannot read .length of undefined (this.controller.$uploaderToggler.length)


  • #38964 : Add filter to allow modifying response *after* embedded data is added

  • #40886 : REST API: PUT requests fail on Nginx servers when fancy permalinks aren’t enabled


  • #41010 : wp_get_object_terms() returns duplicate terms if more than one taxonomy is given in args


  • #41408 : TinyMCE: Images with link and caption look “broken” when selected


  • #40907 : Introduce widget dedicated for HTML code

  • #40935 : Facebook Video Works On Preview But Not On Theme

  • #40951 : New Text Widget – Switching Between Visual/Text Editor Strips Out Code

  • #40960 : Widgets: The Text widget should respect the “Disable the visual editor when writing” setting

  • #40972 : TinyMCE editor in Text widget does not have RTL contents

  • #40974 : Updated text widget do not save text (when using paste)

  • #40977 : Widgets: Query param for `loop` added for non-hosted external videos

  • #40986 : Widgets: text widget and media widgets cannot be edited in accessibility mode

  • #41021 : Text widget does not show Title field or TinyMCE editor

  • #41361 : Text widget can raise JS error if customize-base is enqueued on widgets admin screen

  • #41386 : Text Widget – Wording – Legacy Mode 4.8.1 beta

  • #41392 : Theme styles for Text widget do not apply to Custom HTML widget

  • #41394 : Text widget: Rename legacy mode to visual mode and improve back-compat for widget_text filters

How to upgrade to version 4.8.1?

To upgrade to WordPress version 4.8.1, simply go to the dashboard section of your WordPress site and then click “Update Now”. If you are new to WordPress and want a fresh copy of version 4.8.1, you can get it from the official site of WordPress.  

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