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WordPress Update 4.8.1 Released

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WordPress Update 4.8.1 Released

WordPress Update 4.8.1

WordPress Update 4.8.1

WordPress Update 4.8.1

What is WordPress Update 4.8.1 and why should you care?  It is a maintenance update that contains 29 fixes and improvements.  One of the biggest changes, that you will probably appreciate, is to the Rich Text widget.  Another big addition comes in the form of the new Custom HTML widget.  Life is good!

But what exactly was broken or better still, what was fixed with the Rich Text widget?  Most importantly, when you switched between visual and text editing modes, the damn thing would remove all coding.  This was particularly annoying if you were adding custom code and it would get wiped out.  We ran into that problem while making some updates and tweaks to our own website.  In all, there were 10 updates and fixes applied just to the text widgets.

Another problem that a lot of people were running into involved Facebook videos.  When you added a video, it worked and played in Preview mode, but not on ‘live’ mode.  Without all of the technical jargon and geek-speak, the video would not display but a link would.  Talk about people being pissed because they couldn’t post their favorite cat videos!

Enough about the text widget already and now for the big news.  The Custom HTML widget is a welcome addition for the uninitiated and seasoned WordPress admins alike.  Probably the most important reason being that the old way was pasting some 3rd party code and it would add unwanted line breaks.  Not that big of a deal when working with HTML, but JavaScript is a whole other issue.  Extra line breaks in the middle of script tends to break things and the script just doesn’t work.  Can you say extremely annoying?

More on WordPress Update 4.8.1

If you would like to know more about this update, please visit the WordPress 4.8.1 Maintenance Release blog post.  Their post isn’t as entertaining as the one we created for you, but it does directly link to related information.

P.S. If your website is hosted by Charles E. Snyder III Marketing, it was already updated for you.  There is no need for you to worry about any of this silly stuff!

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