WordPress 5.6.1 RC1

WordPress 5.6.1 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 5.6.1 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?

5.6.1 Release Candidate 1 features 20 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. fixes and small enhancements, as well as 7 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.:

  • #51056: Fetch_feed parsing of permalinks triggers simplepie preg_match warnings
  • #52327: Requested updates to the PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher Update Alert
  • #51940: The schema for the 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. property of a term in the REST 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/. should not include all taxonomies
  • #51980: App Passwords: ‘Add New Application Password’ submit button is hidden on mobile devices in ‘User Profile’ page
  • #51995: WordPress 5.6: Classic editor menu is not sticky
  • #52003: Undefined index: PHP_AUTH_PW /wp-includes/user.php on line 469
  • #52013: Duplicate wp_authorize_application_password_form actions
  • #52030: Media metaboxes return fatal error if no author metadata present
  • #52038: Issue in WooCommerce with wp_editor() after update to WP 5.6
  • #52046: The Distraction Free Writing setting on the old Edit Post screen may be reset after page reload
  • #52065: Media gallery: ‘Align’ and ‘Link To’ fields missing from ‘Insert from URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org
  • #52066: Application Passwords are unusable in combination with password protected /wp-adminadmin (and super admin)
  • #52075: Word Count on Classic Editor doesn’t update in real time on Firefox unless saved
  • #52097: Site Health Loopback Test doesn’t send admin cookies
  • #52135: False positive on `WP_Site_Health_Auto_Updates`
  • #52196: wp_get_attachment_metadata() is broken if no first argument is passed in.
  • #52205: REST API: Plugins Controller single plugin route fatal errors on multisitemultisite Used to describe a WordPress installation with a network of multiple blogs, grouped by sites. This installation type has shared users tables, and creates separate database tables for each blog (wp_posts becomes wp_0_posts). See also network, blog, site
  • #52299: Exported user data can be listed with directory listing
  • #52351: missing echo function for translate method
  • #52391: 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/ Updates for 5.6.1

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/:

  • #27970: Fix editor crash when registering a block pattern without categories
  • #27733: Embed block: Add htmlHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. and reusable support back
  • #27727: Add aria labels to box control component inputs/button
  • #27627: HTML Block: Fix editor styles
  • #27526: Core Data: Normalize _fields value for use in stableKey
  • #26705: Fix: Font size picker does not correctly handles big font sizes.
  • #26432: Edit Site: prevent inserter overscroll

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 5.6 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 5.6.1 schedule, the final release is expected for Wednesday, February 3, 2021, before or after the weekly devchat. Please note that this date/time can change depending on possible issues after RC1 is released.

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