WordPress 6.2 Beta 3

WordPress 6.2 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. 3 has arrived and is now ready for download and testing!

This version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites. Instead, you should test Beta 3 on a test server and site.

You can test WordPress 6.2 Beta 3 in three ways:

Option 1: Install and activate 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 “Bleeding edgebleeding edge The latest revision of the software, generally in development and often unstable. Also known as trunk.” channel and “Beta/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). Only” stream).

Option 2: Direct download the Beta 3 version (zip).

Option 3: Use the following WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/ command:

wp core update --version=6.2-beta3

The current target for the final release is March 28, 2023, which is five weeks away. Your support with testing is vital to ensuring everything in this release is the best it can be.

Get an overview of the 6.2 release cycle, and check the Make WordPress Core blog for 6.2-related posts in the coming weeks for further details.

We Need You… to Test!

Testing for issues is a critical part of developing any software, and it’s a meaningful way for anyone to contribute—regardless of experience level. This detailed guide is a great place to start if you’ve never tested a beta release.

If you build products for WordPress, you probably realize that the sooner you can test this release with your themes, plugins, and patterns, the easier it will be for you to offer a seamless experience to your users.

Want to know more about testing releases in general? You can follow along with the testing initiatives that happen in Make CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. You can also join the #core-test channel on the Making WordPress Slack workspace.

If you think you may have run into an issue, please report it to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. If you are comfortable writing a reproducible 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. report, you can file one on WordPress Trac. You can also check your issue against a list of known bugs. Ready to learn more about 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/ features? Find out what’s been included since WordPress 6.1 (the most recent major releasemajor release A release, identified by the first two numbers (3.6), which is the focus of a full release cycle and feature development. WordPress uses decimaling count for major release versions, so 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, and 3.1 are sequential and comparable in scope. of WordPress). You will find more details in the currently available What’s new in Gutenberg posts for 15.1, 15.0, 14.9, 14.8, 14.7, 14.6, 14.5, 14.4, 14.3, and 14.2.

Changes for Beta 3

This phase of the release addresses approximately 34 issues since last week’s Beta 2—props to all you Beta testers out there. Reaching each release milestone would be impossible without your help.

So far, WordPress version 6.2 contains more than 292 enhancements and 354 bug fixes, including more than 258 Trac tickets resolved in the 6.2 milestone. Expect even more fixes as the 6.2 release cycle continues.

Enhancements in the 6.2 release cycle will make this the most modern way yet to build with WordPress. Are you ready to discover a new interface in the Site Editor giving you more control of the creation process? That’s just one of the highlights from the 6.2 release. For more information refer to the Beta 1 announcement for other notable highlights.

Add to Calendar: 6.2 Live Demo

Release squad members @annezazu and @rich will showcase some of the exciting features slated for the 6.2 release. Get a closer look at a Zoom live demo presentation on Thursday 2 March 2023, 17:00 UTC.

A Third Haiku for 6.2

Another week’s here
Beta 3 it’s you and me
Party, download, test

Thank you to the following contributors for collaborating on this post: @jpantani @davidbaumwald

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