“What do you mean?!” I hear your call, and rightly so as it may not be obvious… In short, WordPress has rolled out a new update (as they do often) and something they have included is a nifty feature for ‘text widgets’.
Still not sure what I mean? Well, widget areas are locations on a WordPress website (a sidebar, the footer, the header) that you can add content to – and a text widget is a way to add textual content to that area of your website.
It used to be that you could literally only add text – and unless you added <html> markup (code) it would remain text without any formatting. Now however you get a little formatting toolbar a bit like a normal WordPress page or blog post that allows you to add a bit of formatting such as bold, italic, lists and links.
Here’s a before and after image: –
This is brilliant – as it makes it much easier for you and I to do some formatting to these areas. BUT there is a catch.
So what’s the catch?
IF you have added some content or functionality to a widget area using the text widget using HTML and then you update WordPress 4.8 you may accidentally remove the HTML code you wrote. This can happen if, after updating WordPress, you go to the text widget, switch between ‘Visual’ and ‘Text’ and then save the widget area. All your lovingly crafted code will be gone.
So PLEASE – be careful of this catch! It is likely that a further WordPress update will follow soon, that will address this issue – as it is common practice for web designers to use these Text Widget areas to add functionality to websites using HTML, so it does need looking at (look out for WordPress 4.8.1!).
In the mean time, if you are a client of mine, or have a problem with this and need some assistance, please get in touch with me.