WordPress 4.9.8 Maintenance Release Available

WordPress 4.9.8 is a maintenance release which addresses 46 bug fixes.

With this update – you will also see the option to “try” the new block editor Gutenberg before it gets released with WordPress 5.0.

You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.9.8

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 4.9.7 Security and Maintenance Release Available

WordPress 4.9.7 is a security and maintenance release available now and should be applied immediately.

This update addresses a security issue that affects all WordPress versions since 3.7 which potentially allows users (with certain capabilities defined) to delete files outside of the uploads directory. This update also fixes 17 other known bugs.

You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.9.7

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 4.9.6 Privacy and Maintenance Release Available

WordPress 4.9.6 is a privacy and maintenance release in order to help with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR)

Things to note

  • Privacy Policy – Create/specify a privacy policy page now in Admin > Settings > Privacy. Once you designate a page as your privacy policy page – it will show up as a link on your user registration and login pages.
  • Right to Remove – WordPress now has the ability for site owners to export all user data as well as erase user data per GDPR.

You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.9.6

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 4.9.5 Security and Maintenance Release Available

WordPress 4.9.5 is a security release for all previous versions since WordPress 3.7

Things to note

It is highly recommended you update your sites immediately in order to apply important security and the additional 25 bug fixes. You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.9.5

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 4.9.4 Maintenance Release Available

WordPress 4.9.4 contains a fix for a severe bug which stops automated updates.

Things to note

WordPress 4.9.4 should be appplied to your site(s) in order to address a bug introduced in WordPress 4.9.3 which makes any site that uses automated updates stop updating. You will need to manually update WordPress in order for the automated updates to continue. You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.9.4

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 4.9.3 Maintenance Release Available

WordPress 4.9.3 contains 34 bug fixes.

Things to note

WordPress 4.9.3 should be appplied to your site(s) in order to address the bugs fixed in the Customizer, widgets, visual editor, and PHP 7.2 compatibility. You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.9.3

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 4.9.2 Security and Maintenance Release Available

WordPress 4.9.2 is a security release for all previous versions since WordPress 3.7

Things to note

It is highly recommended you update your sites immediately in order to apply important security and the additional 21 bug fixes. You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.9.2

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 4.9.1 Security and Maintenance Release Available

WordPress 4.9.1 is a security and maintenance release for all previous versions.

There are four security issues addressed in this update as well as eleven bugs that were fixed. Please make sure you update your sites if you do not have auto updates enabled.

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.

WordPress 4.9

Coding enhancements, Customizer enhancements, more widget updates, and site building improvements.

Things to note

There are a lot of great improvements packed in WordPress 4.9, including one of my favorites – error checking when working directly with files through the WP Admin. One of the scariest things in WordPress is editing plugins/themes directly through the admin interface the next scariest thing is making a change, getting the white screen (an error) and then not being able to access the site. Fortunately for the people that make these changes via the editor – there is now error checking in place so that any errors are caught/identified before the save – saving all of us white screens, and stress.

There are also a number of enhancements to the Customizer so making your site exactly how you want it is easier than ever. You can even save “drafts” of design changes, preview them, share the preview links, and collaborate before you release changes and go live. Speaking of going live – as of WordPress 4.9 you can schedule your new design to go live at a specific time/date if you choose.

All in all – there are a lot of great changes in WordPress 4.9. You can read more by looking at the release notes: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.9

If you have not done so already – download the update or simply use your existing installation of WordPress to update your site. Either way – this is an excellent time to make a backup copy of your site(s) before upgrading.