WordPress 4.9.6 Release Candidate Now Available!

WordPress 4.9.6 Release Candidate

WordPress 4.9.6 Release Candidate is now available for testing. WordPress 4.9.6 maintenance release fixes 40 issues reported against WordPress 4.9 and is now scheduled for final release on Thursday, 17th May 2018.

So far, WordPress 4.9 has been downloaded almost seventy-nine million times since its release on November 15, 2017. Users are requested to try this release candidate and report any issues to ensure that WordPress 4.9.6 fixes the reported issues and doesn’t contain any new ones.

WordPress 4.9.6 version introduces the first round of tools that help WordPress site owners and admins meet the new requirements for user privacy regulations.

Here’s a list of some closed tickets, sorted by component. You can browse the full list of changes on Trac.


  • #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 of 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 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

Make sure you test the WordPress 4.9.6 Release Candidate. If you think you’ve found a bug, please post to the Alpha/Beta support forum to help make the release of WordPress 4.9.6 next week as smooth as possible.

Download WordPress 4.9.6 Release Candidate now and help the team!

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