The WordPress coreCoreCore is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. development team builds WordPress! Follow this site for general updates, status reports, and the occasional code debate. There’s lots of ways to contribute:
Found a bugbugA 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.?Create a ticket in the bug tracker.
The timeline for the second release of 2023 takes into consideration this year’s two remaining flagship events – WordCampWordCampWordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe in early June and WordCamp US and the Community Summit in late August. To avoid having major milestones (Beta1, RC1) conflictconflictA conflict occurs when a patch changes code that was modified after the patch was created. These patches are considered stale, and will require a refresh of the changes before it can be applied, or the conflicts will need to be resolved. with these events, this proposal suggests fitting the release process, from Beta1 to the final release, in the ten-week window between both events.
According to the schedule proposed below and the GutenbergGutenbergThe 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 6.3 would include up to Gutenberg 16.1 for a total of 10 Gutenberg releases.
Proposed WordPress 6.3 Schedule
Alpha (trunktrunkA 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 6.3 release)
March 9, 2023
BetaBetaA 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. 1
June 27, 2023
July 3, 2023*
July 11, 2023
Release Candidaterelease candidateOne 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). 1
July 18, 2023
Release Candidate 2
July 25, 2023
Release Candidate 3
August 1, 2023
August 7, 2023
WordPress 6.3 General Release
August 8, 2023
*July 4th is the US Independence Day. Although the release schedule can’t adapt to all holidays worldwide, planning a beta release on that day would likely have a low turn of participants on July 4th, given the significant contributor presence in the US.
Please leave your feedback about the schedule in the comments by April 30th.
Release Leads call for volunteers
Release Coordinator: TBD
CoreCoreCore is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Tech Lead: TBD
Editor Tech Lead: TBD
Core TriagetriageThe act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. Lead: TBD
All release decisions will ultimately be this release team’s to make and communicate while gathering input from the community.
Join The Squad… or learn from them!
If you are interested in participating in 6.3’s release squad, please show interest in the comments below. Most roles are better shared among more than one person to distribute the responsibilities.
Folks interested in joining the upcoming all-women and non-binary release squad in 6.4 will work with a mentor. While this mentorship is not tied to the 6.3 release squad, nor do mentors need to volunteer in this release, shadowing the 6.3 release process is also recommended preparation for those being part of the following release.