WordPress 4.9.7 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. WordPress versions 4.9.6 and earlier are affected by a media issue that could potentially allow a user with certain capabilities to attempt to delete files outside the uploads directory.
WordPress 4.9.7 Security and Maintenance Release
Seventeen other bugs were fixed in WordPress 4.9.7. Particularly of note were:
  • Taxonomy: Improve cache handling for term queries.
  • Posts, Post Types: Clear post password cookie when logging out.
  • Widgets: Allow basic HTML tags in sidebar descriptions on Widgets admin screen.
  • Community Events Dashboard: Always show the nearest WordCamp if one is coming up, even if there are multiple Meetups happening first.
  • Privacy: Make sure default privacy policy content does not cause a fatal error when flushing
  • rewrite rules outside of the admin context.
  • Visual Editor in The Text Widget By default WordPress comes with a plain text widget. This widget contains a simple text box where you can add text and HTML code. Beginners who are not familiar with HTML were unable to add links or use basic formatting in the text widget. This will change in WordPress 4.9.7. The new text widget comes with a simple visual and text editor. Similar to the one you see on the post edit screen. testwidget This will allow beginner users to easily add links, create lists, or make text bold / italic without writing any HTML code. The New Image Widget Right now, if you want to display an image in WordPress sidebar, you will have to write HTML or use a plugin. WordPress 4.9.7 will introduce an image widget which will allow users to easily add images into the sidebar. You will be able to upload an image right from the widget or select any image from the WordPress media library. imagewidget Clicking on the select image will open the WordPress media uploader popup where users can upload or select an image. After inserting the image, users will be able to see a preview of the image in the widget area. imagewidgetpreview The New Video Widget Similar to the image widget, WordPress 4.9.7 will also introduce the Video widget. It will allow users to easily upload videos to their sidebar or display any video from YouTube, Vimeo, or any other oEmbed provider. videowidget Note: we recommend that you should never upload videos to your WordPress site. Instead, you should use a video hosting provider like YouTube or Vimeo. Simply click on the ‘Select Video’ button in the widget, and then click on ‘Insert from URL’ link. imagewidget Add the URL of the video you want to embed and then click on the ‘Add to widget’ button. The media uploader popup will disappear, and you will see a thumbnail preview of your video inside the widget. Reference By – wpbeginner testwidget This will allow beginner users to easily add links, create lists, or make text bold / italic without writing any HTML code. The New Image Widget Right now, if you want to display an image in WordPress sidebar, you will have to write HTML or use a plugin. WordPress 4.9.7 will introduce an image widget which will allow users to easily add images into the sidebar. You will be able to upload an image right from the widget or select any image from the WordPress media library. imagewidget Clicking on the select image will open the WordPress media uploader popup where users can upload or select an image. After inserting the image, users will be able to see a preview of the image in the widget area. imagewidgetpreview The New Video Widget Similar to the image widget, WordPress 4.9.7 will also introduce the Video widget. It will allow users to easily upload videos to their sidebar or display any video from YouTube, Vimeo, or any other oEmbed provider. videowidget Note: we recommend that you should never upload videos to your WordPress site. Instead, you should use a video hosting provider like YouTube or Vimeo. Simply click on the ‘Select Video’ button in the widget, and then click on ‘Insert from URL’ link. imagewidget Add the URL of the video you want to embed and then click on the ‘Add to widget’ button. The media uploader popup will disappear, and you will see a thumbnail preview of your video inside the widget. Reference By – wpbeginner

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