WordPress weekly recap #20: WordPress 4.9.6 and more

This week WordPress 4.9.6 was released, which comes with several privacy tools.

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WordPress 4.9.6

On May 17, the core team released WordPress 4.9.6. Among other things, the new release contains privacy tools to help to make a site GDPR conform. For that, it comes with:

  • A comment cookie consent checkbox for the comment form.
  • A privacy policy page feature.
  • Features for exporting or erasing personal data.

More about the release can be found in the official announcement post »WordPress 4.9.6 Privacy and Maintenance Release« by Allen Snook.

JS build step and reorganization of folders

Omar Reiss worked on a patch to make WordPress ready for modern modular JS programming practices. It is the »first big step towards an improved JavaScript development workflow« as he writes in his post »Preparing WordPress for a JavaScript Future Part #1: Build Step and Folder Reorganization«, and the following changes are introduced with the patch:

  • A required build step. That means it is no longer possible to run WordPress from the src directory.
  • Reorganization of the JavaScript files in src.

More on that can be found in his post.

Theme related changes in 4.9.6

WordPress 4.9.6 brought a few changes that affect themes. So if you are a theme author and have not done it yet, you should test your theme for the following features:

  • You can link to the new privacy policy page via newly added functions.
  • There was a new checkbox added to the comment form to let the user check if he wants his data to be saved in the cookie for following comments. This can cause style issues or, if you are overwriting the comment_form() call, lead to the case that the checkbox is not visible.

More info on that and how to modify the comment_form() call for the new checkbox in the post »Changes that Affect Theme Authors in WordPress 4.9.6« by Jonathan Desrosiers.

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