WordPress 6.1 Planning Roundup

WordPress 6.1 will be the third major release of 2022. Following WordPress 6.0 Arturo, 6.1 will aim to refine those experiences found in Arturo and in 5.9 Joséphine [ref]. In preparation, this post includes target dates, features, and a call for the release’s squad.

This release cadence will consist of a long alpha and two short 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. periods before the 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). phase. According to the schedule proposed below and 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/ release cadence, WordPress 6.1 would include up to Gutenberg 14.1 for a total of 11 Gutenberg releases, the same amount as WordPress 6.0 included.

Proposed WordPress 6.1 Schedule

Alpha (trunktrunk A directory in Subversion containing the latest development code in preparation for the next major release cycle. If you are running "trunk", then you are on the latest revision. open for 6.1 release)May 3, 2022
Beta 1 & Feature FreezeSeptember 20, 2022
Beta 2September 27, 2022
Release Candidate 1October 4, 2022
Release Candidate 2October 11, 2022
Release Candidate 3October 18, 2022
Dry RunOctober 24, 2022
WordPress 6.1 General releaseOctober 25, 2022

Proposed WordPress 6.1 Release Leads

Release LeadRelease Lead The community member ultimately responsible for the Release.: Matt Mullenweg
Release Coordinator: TBD
CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Tech Lead: TBD
Editor Tech Lead:  TBD
Core Triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. Lead: TBD
Editor Triage Lead: TBD
Documentation Lead: TBD
Marketing & Communications Lead: TBD
Test Lead: TBD
Design Lead: TBD

All release decisions will ultimately be this release teams’ to make and communicate while gathering input from the community.

Join The Squad!

If you are interested in being a part of 6.1’s release squad, please show your interest in the comments below. Roles can be shared among more than one person!

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