The WordPress coreCoreCore is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. development team builds WordPress! Follow this site for general updates, status reports, and the occasional code debate. There’s lots of ways to contribute:
Found a bugbugA 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.?Create a ticket in our bug tracker.
To be determined, but as soon as possible after being greenlighted
Feature freeze/Bug Fixes
May 25, 2021
91 days after Alpha
BetaBetaA 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
June 8, 2021
14 days after Feature Freeze
Release Candidaterelease candidateOne 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
June 29, 2021
21 days after Beta 1
July 20, 2021
21 days after RC1
What’s this “Feature Freeze” step?
As previously discussed (first post, second post), mixing defect work and beta testing is not great for a number of reasons:
As a project, we want to respect the beta testers efforts by not introducing new bugs (defect work fixes) in areas they’ve already tested.
A mature software project has a beta period during which the focus is on testing changes made during alpha period to ensure its stability.
Having a separate deadline for enhancements/features and bugs is beneficial to allow developers to switch focus after the first deadline to address a slew of outstanding bugs.
Enter the “Feature Freeze” step: two weeks where contributors and committers can take care of the thousands of defect tickets in TracTracAn open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress..
This process should allow time to dedicate appropriate attention to those tickets, without taking attention and resources away from beta testing, which needs to be a priority, especially in this release.
With such a complex release, Core needs a group of experienced contributors leading the release. For this release, the ride-along/mentorship will pause so that the leads, with previous experience in releases, can focus on the process.
Pre WP5.8 Squad – Skeleton Crew
The period leading to the go/no go step, will need a minimal squad that will focus on:
bugbugA 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. hunting for WP5.7.x minor releases
triagetriageThe act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. and group tickets into future milestones
test Core and FSE tickets and PRs
We are kicking off with a minimal squad of three roles:
Once we’re past the go/no go dates the skeleton crew, together with the project leadership, will determine which skills are needed to successfully complete the cycle.
What about scope?
The focus of the release is full site editing. As suggested in the recent FSE FAQ, the specific scope is to merge the interface that allows for template interaction outside of content, as well as 20+ new blocks, and design tools. This part of the FSE merge will not be offered to users by default, but instead will be geared toward our extender community (theme authors, pluginPluginA 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 developers, agencies, builders, etc) so that they can experiment with their users in mind.
As with other releases, it is possible to include more features, provided someone can spearhead them.
I will start a round of check-ins with component maintainers as soon as the timeline is confirmed.