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For years, I've been using the WordPress Text widget for custom code. With the release of WordPress 4.8.1, there's a new Custom HTML widget. Is there any benefit to using the new Custom HTML widget instead of the Text widget?
WordPress 4.8 introduced the text widget that incorporates the TinyMCE editor. TinyMCE is the same editor that is used for posts and pages. In the text widget, it strips HTML tags. The original text widget was used extensively to add HTML snippets to sites. When the new widget was released, thousands of websites broke as people modified and saved their widget HTML. The new HTML widget was added in response to the uproar caused by all the broken websites. This returns some of the functionality that was part of the original text widget.
Within days after the 4.8 release, Christina Arasmo Beymer and I collaborated on releasing the classic text widget from WordPress 4.7.5 as a plugin. It is the original WordPress text widget with some enhancements such as shortcode execution. In the 3 months since we released it, it has been installed on over 8,000 sites. https://wordpress.org/plugins/classic-text-widget/
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