WordPress has released a new maintenance update today to WordPress core: version 4.9.8.
Version 4.9.8 comes with maintenance fixes which the WordPress core team deemed impactful enough to warrant a release. Also included in this version is a callout to “Try Gutenberg.” The “Try Gutenberg” button is available on the dashboard page of wp-admin. This button has been added to help users prepare for the upcoming WordPress 5.0 update that will included the new Gutenberg editor. For more information on safely testing Gutenberg please visit: https://wpengine.com/blog/how-to-try-gutenberg-safely-in-a-sandbox-environment/
For details on this release you may reference the official blog post on WordPress.org: https://wordpress.org/news/2018/08/wordpress-4-9-8-maintenance-release/
As with all maintenance related updates, WordPress has released patches for older functional versions as well. As a WP Engine customer, no action is required. Our team is already working to push out automatic updates to your site(s) to ensure they are in the next version. You will receive an email notification when the update has been completed. Our team is always attentive to our promise to provide a secure WordPress experience for all WP Engine customers.