Though some updates seem minor, they’ve been built by hundreds of contributors with you in mind. Get ready for new features you’ll welcome like an old friend: link improvements, three new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, an updated text widget that supports visual editing, and an upgraded news section in your dashboard which brings in nearby and upcoming WordPress events.
Adding an image to a widget is now a simple task that is achievable for any WordPress user without needing to know code. Simply insert your image right within the widget settings. Try adding something like a headshot or a photo of your latest weekend adventure — and see it appear automatically.
A welcome video is a great way to humanize the branding of your website. You can now add any video from the Media Library to a sidebar on your site with the new Video widget. Use this to showcase a welcome video to introduce visitors to your site or promote your latest and greatest content.
Are you a podcaster, musician, or avid blogger? Adding a widget with your audio file has never been easier. Upload your audio file to the Media Library, go to the widget settings, select your file, and you’re ready for listeners. This would be a easy way to add a more personal welcome message, too!
This feature deserves a parade down the center of town! Rich-text editing capabilities are now native for Text widgets. Add a widget anywhere and format away. Create lists, add emphasis, and quickly and easily insert links. Have fun with your newfound formatting powers, and watch what you can accomplish in a short amount of time.
Have you ever tried updating a link, or the text around a link, and found you can’t seem to edit it correctly? When you edit the text after the link, your new text also ends up linked. Or you edit the text in the link, but your text ends up outside of it. This can be frustrating! With link boundaries, a great new feature, the process is streamlined and your links will work well. You’ll be happier. We promise.
Did you know that WordPress has a thriving offline community with groups meeting regularly in more than 400 cities around the world? WordPress now draws your attention to the events that help you continue improving your WordPress skills, meet friends, and, of course, publish!
This is quickly becoming one of our favorite features. While you are in the dashboard (because you’re running updates and writing posts, right?) all upcoming WordCamps and WordPress Meetups — local to you — will be displayed.
Being part of the community can help you improve your WordPress skills and network with people you wouldn’t otherwise meet. Now you can easily find your local events just by logging in to your dashboard and looking at the new Events and News dashboard widget.
Before you go any further, make sure you’ve updated your plugins and themes to the latest versions, clear your browser’s cache and cookies and re-log into your WordPress dashboard.
Still having problems? Okay, read on!
This thread contains the known issues with plugins and themes found in 4.8. Please read this WHOLE topic and come back and check again later, as it will be updated.
Remember to be calm, be patient, and be respectful. Volunteers are out here to try and help you, but we need your help too. All of the normal forum rulesstill apply. Remember, you are just as important as everyone else.
If your post doesn’t show up right away, please be patient. With the higher than normal post volume, more posts get flagged as spam by our auto-spam tool. We’re working hard to keep the queue clear, but making multiple posts slows us down, as we have to go back and check if you already posted. Post once.
Do use proper capitalization in post titles and body. Punctuate your sentence properly and humanely, it helps us read.
Do use descriptive subject lines. “All permalinks broken since 4.8” is much better than “Augh! Help ASAP! This version is terrible!”
Do describe the problem clearly. Explain what you’re seeing, include error messages and link to screenshots if needed. Linking to your site, if the problem is on the front-end, also helps.
Do be patient. We know it sucks to be down, but posting multiple times doesn’t get you help any faster.
Do make your own topic unless you are using the exact same version of WordPress on the same physical server hosted by the same hosts with the same plugins, theme and configurations as the original poster. You may find it weird, but it will be easier for us to help you specifically if you have your own topic.
Do mark your topic as resolved when it’s fixed so we know not to come looking there anymore.
Do remember you’re not alone.
Also keep in mind that not liking the direction of WordPress’s design is a not a bug. If you don’t like a feature, please don’t make a series of posts complaining about it. Look and see if someone already did, and post there, or consider joining the process earlier on (like in Beta or even test via SVN). What you’re seeing today is the result of thousands of hours of work and testing, and unless something is outright broken, it’s highly unlikely to be changed.
Go to your own install’s about page – example.com/wp-admin/about.php – to see what’s new.
And then make sure you’ve tried…
Flushing Managed host caches. Managed WP hosting often has special caches. If your host has a “Purge Varnish” or “Flush Memcache” tool, try that. You can ask your provider to flush memcache and Varnish for you if necessary.
Deactivating all plugins (yes, all) to see if this resolves the problem. If this works, re-activate the plugins one by one until you find the problematic plugin(s). If you can’t get into your admin dashboard, try resetting the plugins folder by SFTP/FTP or PhpMyAdmin (read “How to deactivate all plugins when you can’t log in to wp-admin” if you need help). Sometimes, an apparently inactive plugin can still cause problems. Also remember to deactivate any plugins in the mu-plugins folder. The easiest way is to rename that folder to mu-plugins-old
Switching to the Twenty Sixteen theme to rule out any theme-specific problems. If you can’t log in to change themes, you can remove the theme folders via SFTP/FTP so the only one is twentysixteen. That will force your site to use it.
Manually upgrading. When all else fails, download a fresh copy of the latest.zip file of 4.8 (top right on this page) to your computer, and use that to copy up. You may need to delete the wp-admin and wp-includes folders on your server (NOTE: do not delete the wp-content directory or your wp-config.php file) Read the Manual Update directions first.
This issue keeps popping up for users after the 4.8 update, so here’s a more in-depth process of what is happening.
The error means that the editor window was unable to load one or more resources, generally added using the editor_styles function, this is primarily added by your theme, but can also be implemented by plugins (if you would like to identify the exact cause of it, please follow the regular troubleshooting steps outlined in the first post of this thread).
This issue can have many root causes, I’ll run through some of them, so you know what you are looking for, or what to inform your theme developer about:
The style file does not exist at all
The style file uses one or more @import() calls to include files, but the path is wrong
Your site is using SSL (your URL starts with https://), but the resources being loaded are trying to use un-encrypted http:// links
The URL being included is an external one, and is incorrect. So far primarily seen with Google Fonts, where a %2C is added to the end of the link (this is considered a comma, and the link is invalid from Googles point of view if it ends like this)
All of these situations, and probably some other scenarios we’ve not outlined, cause the warning to show up. What is important to take note of here is that this is just that, a warning, it will not affect the performance of your website, it just means the text editor window won’t preview what it will look like as accurately as it could.
This is not a bug in WordPress 4.8, but rather a warning introduced to help you get the best possible editor experience, but unfortunately it is up to the theme and plugin developers to implement the features correctly.