WordPress 5.0 Release Day!

Welcome to the WordPress 5.0 release day, everyone! It’s currently a chilly -2°C here in Nashville, we’re going to keep everyone toasty and warm with a shiny WordPress release, and a new jazz artist to dance along to!

The current plan is to start the release process at December 6th, 2018 at 17:00 UTC, in the #core channel in the Making WordPress Slack.

The major version release process can take a bit more time than the betas or RCs did, particularly if we run into any last minute issues that need to be addressed.

The Release Process

We’ll be working through the Major Version Release process, for anyone who wants to follow along.

I ran through the Dry Run steps last night, there were no changes needed.

Where the documentation refers to “report 40”, we’ll instead be using this Trac query, which looks at tickets reported against 5.0, rather than `trunk`.

How You Can Help

A key part of the release process is checking that the zip packages work on all the different server configurations available. If you have some of the less commonly used servers available for testing (IIS, in particular), that’d be super helpful. Servers running older versions of PHP and MySQL will also need testing.

You can even start this early, by running the WordPress 5.0 RC3 packages, which are built using the same method as the final packages will be.