WordPress 4.9.6 Release Candidate

The release candidate package for 4.9.6 has been released and is now available for testing. Please help test the release candidate version to ensure the version works as expected.

This package contains 30 bug fixes since the beta. This brings the total number of bug fixes in 4.9.6 to 40 while the number of enhancements/feature requests remains at 34.

Even more than usual, we need testers to help polish this release. This version (4.9.6) introduces the first round of tools that help WordPress site owners and admins meet the new requirements for user privacy regulations.

The official 4.9.6 release is scheduled for Thursday, May 17th.

Bug Fixes

A full list of bugs fixed in 4.9.6 Release Candidate can be found on Trac. The tickets listed below are only those committed since the beta was released.


  • #43945 – Missing closing button tag in ‘Live Preview’ button


  • #43934 – Missing doc for the user_request_key_expiration filter
  • #43951 – Typos in `WP_Privacy_Policy_Content::get_default_content()`
  • #44016 – user_request_action_email_content filter hook documentation inaccurate
  • #43583 – Account for SimpleXMLElement and `ResourceBundle` in is_countable()


  • #43964 – “Email Data” button text – Make it more clear that an export link is sent, not the whole data
  • #43920 – Use the terms erase / erasure instead of remove / removal for personal data
  • #43905 – Personal data export link does not work
  • #43913 – On sending the personal data export email, the request should be marked COMPLETED
  • #43922 – Data removal/erasure requests don’t get marked as “Completed” after erasure happens
  • #44015 – Add `id` attribute to each row of privacy post list tables
  • #43852 – Fix spacing on responsive for Use This Page button in Privacy Tools
  • #43966 – Prioritize the User group in Personal Data Exports to right below the About group
  • #43968 – Add Request Type into Confirmation Email Subject for GDPR
  • #44023 – Remove help tab from settings privacy until we have something helpful to say
  • #43908 – Export keeps generating new .zip files on Windows installations
  • #43970 – Add request type to the confirmation confirmation page – GDPR
  • #43973 – Email user once removal request completed – GDPR
  • #44040 – Potential PHP notice in wp_ajax_wp_privacy_erase_personal_data()
  • #43954 – Showing the privacy policy admin notice on all screens is intrusive
  • #43933 – Make the Privacy Policy page intro text shorter and more friendly
  • #43909 – Improve styling on personal data tables
  • #43967 – Admin emails after email confirmation don’t work for GDPR requests
  • #43961 – Privacy Policy popup covers collapsed admin menu
  • #43929 – Privacy pages: buttons should be buttons and other coding standards
  • #44031 – Add personal data export request ID to the wp_privacy_personal_data_export_file_created hook
  • #43980 – Consider outputting the suggested privacy policy content to a new page instead of a postbox
  • #44023 – Remove help tab from settings privacy until we have something helpful to say


  • #43984 – Customize: JavaScript error when opening Text widget
  • #43969 – Custom themes will not work in TinyMCE 4.7

A full list of all changes in 4.9.6 can also be found on Trac.

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