Nine weeks after releasing the latest version of its WordPress 3.8 environment, WordPress has issued a new maintenance release for its software, WordPress 3.8.1. This release was available as of January 23, 2014.
Per WordPress, 3.8.1 contains the following updates:
- 31 bug fixes
- New dashboard design and themes administration screen
- Fix for taxonomy queries
- A fix for embedding tweets on pages. This feature was broken due to a recent Twitter API change
To see all the fixes, here’s a link to the WordPress changelog. Also be aware that if you have automatic background updates enabled for your WordPress 3.8 installation, WordPress should have started rolling out your automatic upgrade by now and your site may already be upgraded.
You can read all about the release and download it by going to the WordPress 3.8.1 Maintenance Release page.
One note of caution: be sure to review any precautions or process you took installing WordPress 3.8 when installing 3.8.1. In particular, back up your database and be careful how you upgrade. I’ve had experiences with WordPress upgrades in the past where it has disabled my dashboard and the only fix was to install the WordPress upgrades directly from my GoDaddy account.
Here are some links to experiences I’ve had with prior WordPress upgrades.
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Once again, click on this link to read about and plan for a WordPress 3.8.1 upgrade.
Mere minutes after posting this article, I got an email from WordPress stating they had just updated my WordPress install.
My site continues to work correctly after the install. No problems noted in either displaying the content or maintaining the site.
Good job by me WordPress.
Here’s a copy of the email WordPress sent me:
Howdy! Your site at https://joehertvik.com has been updated automatically to WordPress 3.8.1.
No further action is needed on your part. For more on version 3.8.1, see the About WordPress screen:
If you experience any issues or need support, the volunteers in the WordPress.org support forums may be able to help.
You also have some plugins or themes with updates available. Update them now:
The WordPress Team