WordPress 5.5.1 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). 1 (RC1) is available for you to test!
Here are two ways to test WordPress 5.5.1 RC1:
- Use 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 (select the point 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 block 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 Core Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. changes on Trac 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 PHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher notices with
site_status_tests filter 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
- #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
- #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
- #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 invalid 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 Gutenberg 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
- #51021 – REST 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 API 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
- #51042 – Post: missing excerpt 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 docblock (phpdoc, xref, inline docs) for
- #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
- #51073 – Administration: Extra padding below the admin (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
- #51127 – UI User interface/CSS Cascading Style Sheets.: Remove non-color related styling from Modern color scheme
- #51129 – Upgrade/Install: Only display the auto-update links on the Network (versus site, blog) Admin > Themes screen for themes that support the feature
- #51337 – Template:
wp_terms_checklist not checking selected taxonomy 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
Block editor changes from GitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can 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 regression 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. 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. for category 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
dev-reviewed workflow (double committer 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 branch 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.