WordPress 5.8.2+ Release Schedule

Thanks to everyone that helped release 5.8.1 on September 9th! It’s time to look ahead to 5.8.2, and other 5.8.x releases (if necessary).

Like the 5.8.1 release, these releases are following the strategy of having a consistent minor release squad for all 5.8.x releases.


The following schedule is proposed for a 5.8.2 release:

  • RCrelease 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).: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Final release: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

As of the publish date of this post, 19 open tickets are currently in the 5.8.2 milestone for consideration. Please head over and check out that list to help contribute to the release.

5.8.3 (if necessary)

For the 5.8.x release cycle, a 5.8.3 release will be pursued only if necessary. Below is the proposed schedule for 5.8.3:

  • RC: Tuesday November 2, 2021
  • Final release: Wednesday, November 10, 2021

These dates also take into account the 5.9 release cycle, which will be approaching the first 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. release at this time.

Release coordination

Because the 5.8.x releases are part of 5.8 by extension, all coordination and conversation related to the 5.8.x releases are held in the #5-8-release-leads SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel. This channel will be archived when WordPress 5.9 is released.

Props @desrosj & @audrasjb for peer review.

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