WordPress 5.5.1 RC1

WordPress 5.5.1 Release Candidaterelease 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). 1 (RC1) is available for you to test!

Here are two ways to test WordPress 5.5.1 RC1:

  • Use the WordPress Beta Tester pluginPlugin 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 (select the point releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality. nightlies option)
  • Download the release candidate here (zip)

What’s in this release candidate?

5.5.1 Release Candidate 1 features 28 bug fixes and 4 enhancements, as well as 5 bug fixes for the 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.

WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. changes on TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress.:

  • #50882 – Administration: WP 5.5: Cannot attribute content when deleting users
  • #50998 – Quick/Bulk Edit: Editing posts using bottom “Bulk actions” dropdown menu doesn’t work
  • #38009 – Comments: #reply-title.comment-reply-title not updating when replying to an individual
  • #50845 – Editor: Block patterns: Fix translatable strings (take 2)
  • #50858 – Site Health: Check PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher notices with site_status_tests filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output.
  • #50887 – Site Health: Add site environment to debug information
  • #50892 – Editor: Some block patterns have text contrast issues with dark themes
  • #50910 – Sitemaps: 5.5 Sitemap URLs are incorrectly paginated
  • #50912 – Site Health: flags define WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE value as an error
  • #50919 – Script Loader: Change the jquery handle back to an alias for jquery-core
  • #50933 – Media: Lazy loading in 5.5 causes flashing of custom logo in Firefox
  • #50945 – Site Health: don’t give a warning when upload_max_size is lower than max_post_size
  • #50988 – Upgrade/Install: Pass details about the specific plugin and theme updates attempted to filters
  • #50992 – Bootstrap/Load: Remove the ability to alter the list of environment types in wp_get_environment_type()
  • #50999 – Script Loader: Disable concatenation for scripts with translations to ensure they are printed in the right order
  • #51011 – Upgrade/Install: Empty string comparison on home option during DB upgrades is invalidinvalid A resolution on the bug tracker (and generally common in software development, sometimes also notabug) that indicates the ticket is not a bug, is a support request, or is generally invalid.
  • #51018 – Editor: PHP Notice thrown when searching for certain terms via 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/ block directory
  • #51151 – Editor: Packages update
  • #51021REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/.: Permit uniqueItems keyword in endpoint args
  • #51146 – REST API: Fix multi-type schemas with integer fields
  • #51029 – Filesystem APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways.: Typo in variable name causes warning from fclose()
  • #51042 – Post: missing excerptExcerpt An excerpt is the description of the blog post or page that will by default show on the blog archive page, in search results (SERPs), and on social media. With an SEO plugin, the excerpt may also be in that plugin’s metabox.
  • #51050 – Docs: Add docblockdocblock (phpdoc, xref, inline docs) for get_the_archive_title() filter
  • #51052 – Administration: Undefined index: update-supported
  • #51060 – Docs: Update register_rest_route docblock to reflect additions since 5.5
  • #51064 – Bootstrap/Load: Consider adding “local” as environment on WP_ENVIRONMENT_TYPE
  • #51073 – Administration: Extra padding below the adminadmin (and super admin) bar
  • #51075 – Docs: Update docs for custom logo functions
  • #51122 – Docs: add a mention about the use of loading attribute in wp_get_attachment_image function
  • #51127UIUI User interface/CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets.: Remove non-color related styling from Modern color scheme
  • #51129 – Upgrade/Install: Only display the auto-update links on the Networknetwork (versus site, blog) Admin > Themes screen for themes that support the feature
  • #51337 – Template: wp_terms_checklist not checking selected taxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. https://codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies#Default_Taxonomies. items with selected_cats option

Block editor changes from GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/:

  • PR24609 – Fix missing selected block highlighting in list view
  • PR24599 – Fix specificity for buttons with outline style and background colors
  • PR24533 – Fix incorrect aria description in List View
  • PR24516 – Fix regressionregression A software bug that breaks or degrades something that previously worked. Regressions are often treated as critical bugs or blockers. Recent regressions may be given higher priorities. A "3.6 regression" would be a bug in 3.6 that worked as intended in 3.5. 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. for categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. select in QueryControls component
  • PR24478 – Fix tiny editor preview when using Mobile or Tablet options with metaboxes enabled

What’s next?

The dev-reviewed workflow (double committercommitter A developer with commit access. WordPress has five lead developers and four permanent core developers with commit access. Additionally, the project usually has a few guest or component committers - a developer receiving commit access, generally for a single release cycle (sometimes renewed) and/or for a specific component. sign-off) is now in effect when making any changes to the 5.5 branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch"..

As per the proposed WordPress 5.5.1 schedule, the final release is expected for Tuesday September 1, 2020 at 18:00 UTC. Please note that this date/time can change depending on possible issues after RC1 is released)

The 5.5.1 release is being lead by @audrasjb, @azhiyadev, @davidbaumwald, @desrosj, @johnbillion, @planningwrite, @sergeybiryukov and @whyisjake.

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