WordPress – 4.8.1 Update Available

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WordPress 4.8.1 Maintenance Release is available now!

WordPress 4.8.1, a maintenance release is available now with over 13 million downloads of WordPress 4.8.  You may download this from here.

This release consists of 29 maintenance fixes and enhancements to its previous version and among which the rich Text widget and the Custom HTML widget are the major ones.

You can check out the following changelog in this latest release:


Click here to get more updates on this latest release.


Here is the complete storyline: 

The much awaited latest version of WordPress i.e. version 4.8 aka “Evans” got released on 8th June 2017 by WordPress team. This is named as “Evans” in honor of American jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans. It is launched with an aim to increase the User Experience. It is available for download in 38 languages.

In fact, it is the major release of this year which is now available for download or update for your WordPress development. New features like link improvements, updated text widget for visual editing, upgraded news section in the dashboard and three new media widgets for audio, video & images are the major add-on to this WordPress latest version.


Beside these major updates, some additional changes are done which developers can find here:

1) Multisite updates

2) Granular site control

3) Removal of core support for WMA and WMV files

4) New text editor in JS API

5) More Accessibility to admin panel headings

6) Customizer width variable

7) Media widgets API

Click here to download its latest version.

Always remember to take backup of your WordPress CMS before you start the update.

New features in WordPress latest version 4.8 are all ready to let you express yourself and makes you represent your brand much better than before. Here, in this blog, you will find the key updates of Evans in details:

1) Audio Widget


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It allows you to add audio files to your WordPress sidebar in an easy way. You just need to click “Add Audio” button to upload the audio file. This widget supports MP3, OGG, and WAV audio file formats.

2) Video Widget


WordPress latest version 4.8 features new video widget which allows you to easily upload videos to your WordPress sidebar or you can embed videos from popular video hosting providers such as YouTube, Vimeo etc.

By clicking “Add Video” button in the widget, it will bring up the media uploader popup. Then you need to click “Insert from URL” and here paste the URL. WordPress will automatically fetch the video and display it soon.

Read More:  Top 10 Popular WordPress Themes of 2017

3) Image Widget


With this new image widget, the user can just drag and drop the image widget to a sidebar. By simply clicking “Add image” button, it will bring up the WordPress media uploader. Now, you can upload the image file from your computer.

After uploading, click on the “Add to Widget” button and your image will get displayed in the widget preview. Lastly, save your settings.

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4) Visual editing in Text widget


WordPress latest version 4.8 also comes with new and improved text widget with visual editor support. You don’t need to add your own HTML in the text widget. It is the lightest version of the same visual editor which you use to write posts. It contains buttons to make text italic, bold, to add links etc.

5) News and Events dashboard widget


Evans also introduced new “WordPress News and Events” dashboard widget which appears on the dashboard screen of your WordPress admin area. It mainly displays WordPress news and events as well near your location. In fact, you can easily change the location manually to get updates from any other location.

This widget automatically fetches the user’s location by sending their timezone, IP address and locale to api.wordpress.org. But if you are using VPN service, then you will see the events based on the respective server location.

Related Reading:  Best WordPress Security Plugins in 2017

Here is WordPress latest version 4.8(Evans) features and tutorial ‘short video’ for you:



Wrapping Note:

As now we can see, WordPress latest version 4.8(Evans) provide us a lot of new and exciting features as discussed above. If you have watched the video as well then you might not be confused now for not upgrading to its latest version.

However, if you still found any difficulty with its installation or upgrading process, then you are free to contact MarkupBox. MarkupBox is a leading WordPress development company in India having more than 600+ WordPress developers who have completed their projects successfully for its client’s satisfaction.

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