WordPress 5.8: What’s on your to-do list?

With the 5.8 release scheduled for 20 July 2021, I’d like to understand what work folks have planned for the release so that @desrosj and I can help track that overall scope and work to resolve blockers anyone has in achieving those goals (noting that our primary focus will be on Full Site Editing).

Historically within the major release cycle this is the time in which a “wish list” post would be published. However, given the nature of the 5.8 release and it’s primary focus on the release of Full Site Editing there won’t be the normal availability to review a lengthy wish list and attend to getting that work to commit within the release. We hope to return to that approach in a future release.

This post is specifically targeted at:

  • Core Component Maintainers to understand what their intended focus is for 5.8
  • Feature plugin authors to understand what they hope to propose for merge in 5.8
  • 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/ team (via @youknowriad as 5.8 Editor Tech Lead) to understand what WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. changes are desired to support Full Site Editing (alongside the already-defined “next steps”)

So if you consider yourself a part of one of these three groups, please share what your intended focus is for the 5.8 release so that @desrosj and I can help track the overall 5.8 release scope.

Deadline for response: 14 May 2021 (10 days from now, 11 days from then until Feature Freeze).

Props @desrosj for peer review.

#5-8, #planning, #scope