Update | WordPress 5.6 Release Progress

The planned date for 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 is just about two weeks away on October 20, 2020. The release squad has been keeping me up to date on our collective progress, and I want to update our list of expected features!

Note: This update doesn’t include a number of cross-team initiatives, that could happen around the time of release, but may ship outside of CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. itself. Progress on those will be shared in our quarterly updates on make.wordpress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org//updates.

Planned for Beta 1

  • Automatic updates for major WordPress Core releases (opt-in)
  • New features from 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 upgrades
  • Widgets editing support in Core
  • Twenty Twenty-One theme
  • PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 8 support
  • oEmbed updates

Not Planned for Beta 1

  • Twenty Twenty-One block-based/FSE-first – this will be available in the theme repo once completed.
  • Navigation menus block and screen – work will continue on the feature after 5.6. Find out more here.
  • CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. support – work will continue on this feature, but it won’t be ready for Beta 1. Find out more here.
  • Full Site Editing – Full site editing (FSE) will be added to 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/ 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 once available.
  • Drop support for PHP 5.6 – On hold until a decision is made on when to stop support for older versions. Find out more here.

Uncertain for Beta 1

There are a few proposals that are still settling, and it’s not clear whether they will resolve in time for beta. I’ve listed them below for better tracking and transparency.

I also enlisted the generous help of some Triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors./TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress./Core folks to get a priority list of tickets that could be ready with a little more help. If you’ve got some spare time left in your contribution budget, head on over and see if any of those tickets call to you. 🙂

Thank you to the release squad for their help compiling and reviewing this post. Thank you to everyone who has contributed their time thus far!

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