WordPress Release Notes –November 2020

Release Notes

Code Changes (transparent to end-users)

1. Performance Updates– Updated the following plugins and settings to improve overall site security and performance:
a. Gravity Forms- Added security enhancements and updated background updates to work more seamlessly with WordPress auto updates.
b. Contact Form 7 Conditional Fields- Improved IE11 compatibility.
c. Polylang Pro –Bug fix for issues with Yoast 14.0.
d. Yoast Test Helper– Bug fixes for link columns not being emptied and links being attached to the wrong indexables.
e. Yoast SEO Premium- Introduced an advanced settings tab in sidebar. Added buttons in sidebar to open Facebook and Twitter Preview in a modal. Minor styling updates.
f. ACF Content Analysis for Yoast SEO- Bug fix for issue where ACF fields wouldn’t been included in the SEO and readability analysis with Classic Editor plugin. Bug fix for issue where content change of ACF fields wouldn’t trigger a live refresh of SEO and readability analysis.
g. Enhanced Media Library- Bug fixes for critical core compatibility issues, gallery and playlist editing and image uploading. Improved compatibility with ACF attachment custom fields.
h. Google Apps Login – Updated compatibility with WordPress 5.5.1 release.
i. Public Post Preview – Bug fix for saving preview status without previous Ajax request.
j. Stop User Enumeration – Removed console issue when no comments turned on.
k. Flow-Flow – “Ready” deprecated event removed.
l. Redis Object Cache – Reverted build_key() changes due to issues in multisite environments.
m. Redirection – Expanded log information to capture HTTP headers, domain, HTTP code and HTTP method. Restored missing time and referrer URL from log pages.
n. ACF to Rest API – Updated donation link.
o. Debug Bar – Updated object cache panel CSS to prepare for new object-cache.php release.
p. ACF Pro – Bug fixes and added experiment for preloading block HTML to reduce AJAX requests on page load.
q. WordPress 5.5.2 Security and Maintenance – This release fixes 14 bugs and provides 10 security fixes including; hardening deserialization requests, disabling spam embeds from disabled sites on a multisite network and creating a method to store XSS in post