WordPress 4.9.8 Beta 1

It’s that time again, we have a new beta release package for 4.9.8, and we’d love your help testing it out. It’s important to make sure that a release is fully tested and bugs are squashed. If you’re new (or it’s been a while) you can checkout the guide for helping to test a beta version.

This beta release contains 21 bug fixes, 9 enhancements and 2 blessed tasks. The purpose of this release has been to focus on additional enhancements for privacy in WordPress (following up on the tremendous work done for 4.9.6), as well as adding a callout to try the new Gutenberg editing experience.

The work being done to introduce the “Try Gutenberg” callout (#41316) is still in progress, and as such hasn’t been included in this first beta. Our plan (subject to change) is to release a second beta version once that’s ready, and once that hits we’ll ask for specific testing on the callout.

For the rest of the work, we’d love your help to make sure the enhancements and bug fixes are working as expected!

The release candidate is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24th, and the official release is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31st.

Bug Fixes

A full list of bugs fixed in 4.9.8 Beta can be found on Trac.

Bundled Theme

  • #44109 – TwentySeventeen backend editor: level 2 bulleted lists nested under numbered lists show numbers instead of bullets


  • #44141 – Privacy: Don’t replace comment author URL and email with anything
  • #44342 – Commenter cookie consent message should not be displayed if the cookie action isn’t hooked


  • #44104 – Customize: Attempt to count uncountable value


  • #44341 – Replace _deprecated_function( ‘add_filter’ ) with apply_filters_deprecated()

Filesystem API

  • #43054 – wp_is_stream fails with stream definition containing nonascii chars

Login and Registration

  • #44052 – Missing parameter type for `login_header()`


  • #43751 – REST API: Attachments controller should respect “Max upload file size” and “Site upload space” in multisite
  • #44532 – Extreme memory leak related to wp_is_stream in wp-includes/functions.php in WordPress 4.9.7


  • #44099 – Add Request Type into Admin Email Subject for GDPR
  • #44195 – “Silence is golden” index.html generates output
  • #44265 – Add filter for email subject for erasure complete notification
  • #44353 – Replace `site_url( ‘wp-login.php’ )` in `wp_send_user_request()`
  • #44379 – GDPR filters should provide either $request or $request_id
  • #44382 – Filter the subject within _wp_privacy_send_request_confirmation_notification
  • #44396 – Inconsistent use of blogname and sitename in Privacy emails
  • #44590 – Remove “// WPCS:” comments

Rest API

  • #43874 – REST API: Only render fields specific to request when _fields= is used
  • #42691 – WP_Term_Query get_terms generates invalid sql queries
  • #44096 – REST API: Taxonomy and term endpoints should use correct permission checks
  • #44330 – TinyMCE: do not force-load external TinyMCE plugins


A full list of enhancements in 4.9.8 beta can be found on Trac.

Posts, Post Types

  • #36085 – Add action hook to get_inline_data()


  • #44006 – Privacy Policy page should have suffix like other special pages
  • #44025 – Privacy: Pagination screen options for the requests list tables
  • #44100 – GDPR Privacy Page setting allows for Draft Pages
  • #44131 – If draft page selected for Privacy Policy page should verbiage change from view to preview
  • #44181 – The input field id username_or_email_to_export should be something else on remove_personal_data page
  • #44373 – Add a privacy setting to disable comment cookie consent
  • #44321 – REST API: Expose revision count and last revision ID on Post response
  • #44287 – REST API: Declare user capability to perform actions using JSON Hyper Schema `targetSchema`

Blessed Tasks

A full list of blessed tasks in 4.9.8 beta can be found on Trac.


  • #44339 – Emoji: Update Twemoji to 11.0


  • #44134 – Update to TinyMCE 4.7.13
    • See the TinyMCE changelog.  WP 4.9.6 included TinyMCE 4.7.11, WP 4.9.8 beta 1 updated to TinyMCE 4.8.0.

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