WordPress 5.0 Beta 1 Update

Some keen-eyed WordPress watchers have noticed that we’ve past the original BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. 1 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 October 19, without a new date being announced. I apologise for the lack of communication here, we were so focussed on fixing the last few blockers for Beta 1, that we (I) completely lost track of time. 😉

The good news is, we have a new release date! Beta 1 will be released October 24, 2018, which is… today!

The WordPress 5.0 nightly build has been updated to include the major changes you’ll see in Beta 1, including:

  • The GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. editor as the default editor.
  • The new default theme, Twenty Nineteen.
  • All previous default themes updated to include block editor styles.

You can get a head start on testing by installing the nightly build, or wait until later today when WordPress 5.0 Beta 1 will be released!