If you maintain your own WordPress website and use the Widgets feature to add bits of text or images or other content to the sidebar or footer of your site, it’s a good time to double check how that content is showing up properly.
WordPress is normally pretty good about making sure upgrades to the core software don’t break stuff on sites that were set up on older versions (this is called backwards compatibility).
However, we’ve noticed some glitches (as have others) related Text Widgets during the two most recent updates to WordPress (4.8 and 4.8.1, the latter of which was just released). The first made changes to how the “Text Widget” works. The latter added a new widget called “Custom HTML.”
The regular Text Widget now looks more like the content editor in posts and pages. There is a little toolbar that allows to bold or italicize text, or format something as a list, or add a link just as you do in a regular post or page.
It used to be you had to use raw HTML to do those things in the Text Widget. So this is nice from the perspective of ease of editing, and not needing to know HTML.
However, we’ve noticed some occasional missing text related to these updates. So, it’s a good time to check this out.
If we handle updates for your and/or host your site, we’ll make sure everything is OK. Stop reading now if you like and go about your business. In fact, you probably could have stopped reading a while ago (sorry about that).
When you are logged in, look at your WordPress “Dashboard” page. It should tell you what version you are running. Or go to the “Dashboard >> Updates” page, and see if there are updates pending.
If you have problems or questions, give us a call.
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