The fifth release candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). for WordPress 5.3 is now available for testing.
WordPress 5.3 is currently scheduled to be released on November 12 2019.
There are two ways to test WordPress 5.3 release candidate 5:
- Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party (choose the “bleeding edge The latest revision of the software, generally in development and often unstable. Also known as trunk. nightlies” option)
- Or download the release candidate here (zip).
For details about what to expect in WordPress 5.3, please see the first, second, third and fourth release candidate posts.
Release Candidate 5 contains some bug 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. fixes for the new default theme, Twenty Twenty – for reference, see #48557 – and addresses the following tickets:
- #47708 – 5.3 about page
- #48312 – Fix a typo in an inline comment
- #48542 – In
wp_default_packages_inline_scripts(), make sure the root URL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org middleware is registered before using the media middleware
- #48543 – Comments: check if comment form element exists before adding a key handler to detect the cmd/ctrl-enter key press.
- #48517 – Bundled themes: several changes to ensure consistency and accuracy for default theme headers
- #48518 – Upload: When an image was scaled because it is larger than the big image threshold, use the originally uploaded image’s dimensions in
wp_get_missing_image_subsizes(). Fixes an edge case/inconsistent behaviour when a registered image sub-size is also larger than the big image threshold.
Plugin and Theme Developers
Please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 5.3 and update the Tested up to version in the readme to 5.3. If you find compatibility problems, please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release.
The WordPress 5.3 Field Guide has also been published, which details the major changes.
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If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.