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Things to look out for in the WordPress 4.8 Update


Things to look out for in the WordPress 4.8 Update

Apparently, there are some issues with the WordPress 4.8 Update. If you are running a customised WordPress website and have not updated to WordPress 4.8 yet, then you might want to wait. There are some issues with the Text Widgets, links, CSS and the login screen that may cause you a whole lot of trouble. Issues are being reported as users encounter them and some of them may already have a fix in the works. If you have updated to WordPress 4.8, you will want to carefully avoid getting into these issues. Let us delve into the details of the issues, the impact and the workaround available.


WordPress 4.8 Issues – Common Problems and Fixes

WordPress 4.8 Text Widget Issues

  •  Text widget strips HTML tags: Switching between the text editor and the visual editor removes the HTML associated with the widget.

Fix: Replace the text widget with the classic text widget as shown here.

  • Need to disable the Visual Editor in the Text Widget and use JS and style tags with the old text widget.

Fix: There is no way to do disable the Visual Editor. A stand-alone text-only widget is expected to be part of the next WP release.

  • Script code disappears from the text widget.

Fix: Do not add scripts to text widgets, use a plugin instead. Use an administrator account to add code or else it will be removed for security reasons. Use the Text tab of this widget, add the code there. Ensure that there are no double-line breaks as those will break the code.


WordPress 4.8 Text/Visual Editor Issues

  • Text/Visual editor is shown as a half screen or not visible properly.

Fix: Try deactivating all plugins and then reactivate one by one as one or more plugins may be conflicting.

  • The text editor is not working normally: The spacing between lines is irregular and changes with adding or removing formats and links. The size of the letters is not the same on the published page.

Fix: Try to add a fixed line-height in the theme’s editor-style.css.

  • After updating a post on the visual editor, closing the tab displays “Changes you made may not be saved.”

Fix: You can try with a default theme or removing all plugins and enabling one by one.


WordPress 4.8 CSS Issues

  • Failed to load content CSS: The error means that the editor was unable to load some resources, usually added by themes or plugins, using the editor_styles function. This issue can exist due to non-existing or incorrect resource paths or any of other several issues.

Fix: This is a warning and will not affect the website performance. However, the text editor window won’t be able to show previews accurately. Theme and Plugin developers should take handle these scenarios properly.


WordPress 4.8 Login Issues

  • Issues with accessing dashboard or browser: You might not be able to view the admin dashboard even though the pages load fine. You might also be facing issues with some browsers.

Fix: Try to disable and enable the security plugins one by one. Try deleting all cookies for the WordPress domain. The ‘iThemes Security’ plugin also has some issues. You might need to revert the settings and then disable the plugin.


WordPress 4.8 Link Issues

  • Link Boundaries feature does not allow adding plain text after links: If you want to add some text after an existing link, the text is not added outside the link. In previous versions of WordPress, adding 2 or 3 spaces after the link would let you type extra normal text outside the link. You could then remove extra spaces.

Fix: Use the -> arrow key to move over to the end of the link. Then type the text which is not to be included in the link.

  • All Text Widgets that contain images and “Save” span code have disabled links: Text widgets or other widgets with text links work fine. The image links do not work if the widget also has a “Save span” code.

Fix: Delete all “Save” span code from the text widgets.

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