WordPress 4.7: The Jump Off

WordPress 4.7 will formally kick off at next week’s dev chat on August 24, with an anticipated releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. date of December 6. Please take a look at the schedule on the release overview page, which has some other notes (including a hopeful goal from me) and schedule caveats.

On the personnel front, I’m excited to introduce Jeff Paul (@jbpaul17) and Aaron Jorbin (@jorbin) as release deputies. Jeff is a team lead at XWP and comes highly recommended with lots of project management experience. I look forward to his help on that front and learning from him in an area that’s not my strength, and am really excited about doing some cross-agency collaboration on coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. Jorbin is familiar to many of you, and will be helping on more of a technical/engineering management front, such as with bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. scrubs. Having two release deputies serves a few purposes: it evens out availability, is a much better balance for including and mentoring somebody newer to contributing, and it’s a representation of the kind of skill diversity I want to see more of in core and in WordPress at large.

In the run up to kick off, get your wishlist items in and don’t forget to fill out this survey if you systematically dedicate time to working on WordPress core. Looking forward to what we makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). together! 4️⃣⏺7️⃣