WordPress 4.9.8 Release Candidate 2

The release candidate package for 4.9.8 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 1 blessed task and 2 bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. fixes since the first release candidate. This brings the total number of bug fixes in 4.9.8 to 28, enhancements to 13 and blessed tasks to 3.

Note: #44635 was mentioned in the first release candidate post as necessitating a 2nd release candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta)..  Shortly after RC1 was released it was determined that the problem reported in that ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. was the result of a bug in the Classic Editor plugin and not in the callout itself.  Therefore, this 2nd release candidate being released to address a few other issues with the callout (see below).

Blessed Tasks

A full list of blessed tasks in 4.9.8 Release Candidate 2 can be found on Trac.


  • #41316 – Introduce “Try GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/” callout
    • The callout was included in Release Candidate 1.  This release candidate includes a few changes to the behavior of the callout.

Bug fixes

A full list of blessed tasks in 4.9.8 Release Candidate 2 can be found on Trac.


  • #44611 – try Gutenberg headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. wraps over text below on narrow screens
  • #44627 – minor tweaks to Try Gutenberg callout formatting

Change Log

The change log in this release is the same as that in release candidate 1.

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