WordPress 6.2 Release Candidate 4

To get ready for the final release of WordPress 6.2 on March 28, 2023, an RC4 has been put together to help cover some last-minute fixes. 

Here’s what’s changed since RC3:

  • Revert changesets [55358] and [55360], restoring the wp_insert_user() function back to its previous state, to avoid a regressionregression A software bug that breaks or degrades something that previously worked. Regressions are often treated as critical bugs or blockers. Recent regressions may be given higher priorities. A "3.6 regression" would be a bug in 3.6 that worked as intended in 3.5. on the related wp_update_user() function (see tickets #57967 and #57394).

Thanks to everyone who has assisted with testing this release. Your feedback and help in filing 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. reports keep the WordPress experience stable, smooth, and delightful. It’s critical work and a great way to contribute to the project—especially in these final moments before release day.

How to install RC4

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, it is recommended that you test RC4 on a test server and site. 

You can test WordPress 6.2 RC4 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 “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./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 RC4 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-RC4

Keep WordPress bug-free—help with testing

Without your testing support, hitting important product milestones would be a much bigger challenge. It’s also a meaningful way to contribute to the project. If you’re new to testing, or it’s been a while, this detailed guide can help you get started. 

If you think you have run into an issue, please report it to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. If you are comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, you can file one on WordPress Trac. You can also check your issue against a list of known bugs.

Test your plugins and themes

As you test your latest versions against RC4, make sure you update the “Tested up to” version in your plugin’s readme file to 6.2. If you find compatibility problems, please post detailed information to the support forums.

Check out the WordPress 6.2 Field Guide for more details about the major changes in this release.

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Release the haiku

What’s this? RC4?
Get those fixes out the door
Release day is close

Thank you to the following contributors for collaborating on this post: @audrasjb @hellofromtonya

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