WordPress 6.2.1 RC1 is now available

WordPress 6.2.1 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is available for testing! Some ways you can help test this minor release:

  • Use 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
    • As this is a minor 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). release, select the Point Release channel and the Nightlies stream. This is the latest build including the RC and potentially any subsequent commits in trunk.
  • Use 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/ to test:
    wp core update https://wordpress.org/wordpress-6.2.1-RC1.zip
  • Directly download the Beta/RC version.

What’s in this release candidate?

6.2.1 RC1 features 19 fixes on Core as well as 10 fixes for the BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. Editor.

The following coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. tickets from TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. are fixed:

  • #57387 – use aligncenter class in about page sub-heading
  • #57903 – Non-core blocks are not properly loading RTL stylesheets
  • #57918 – “Deprecated” on the Appearance Menu page of the classic theme.
  • #57937 – Sync the SECURITY.md file with our HackerOne policy
  • #57994 – Coding Standards fixes for WP 6.2.1
  • 57996 – Change $search_columns type from array to string[].
  • #58007HTMLHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways.: Support comments created by invalidinvalid A resolution on the bug tracker (and generally common in software development, sometimes also notabug) that indicates the ticket is not a bug, is a support request, or is generally invalid. tagtag A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses tags to store a single snapshot of a version (3.6, 3.6.1, etc.), the common convention of tags in version control systems. (Not to be confused with post tags.) name in tag closers
  • #58028WP_HTML_Tag_Processor: Its reference in the Developer Resources is broken
  • #58051 – Attachment custom fields not rendered after upload
  • #58064 – In the comment_time function, the call to the get_comment_time function is incorrect.
  • #58069 – Performance of _wp_normalize_relative_css_links() can be increased >2x
  • #58096 – Incorrect color for “Theme enabled.” adminadmin (and super admin) notice
  • #58146 – HTML API: Ensure attribute updates happen only once for case variants
  • #58160 – HTML API: Fix case where updates are overlooked when seeking to earlier locations.
  • #58179 – HTML API: Accumulate shift for internal parsing pointer.
  • #58203 – jQuery version doesn’t match
  • #58250 – HTML API: Adjust coding style to pass 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/ linter
  • #58254 – HTML API: Fix ordering issue in docblockdocblock (phpdoc, xref, inline docs) that’s breaking Developer Resources
  • #58274 – Update @wordpress packages for WordPress 6.2.1

The following block editor issues from GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ are fixed:

  • GH 49135i18ni18n Internationalization, or the act of writing and preparing code to be fully translatable into other languages. Also see localization. Often written with a lowercase i so it is not confused with a lowercase L or the numeral 1. Often an acquired skill.: Add context to labels related to CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. position properties
  • GH 49054 – Comments: Fix ‘sprintf requires more than 1 params’ error
  • GH 49861 – Fix the site editor loading in multi-site installs
  • GH 49881 – Fix quick inserter going off-screen in some situations
  • GH 49685 – Site Editor: Decode the site title properly
  • GH 48210 – Firefox: fix input rules (ReactReact React is a JavaScript library that makes it easy to reason about, construct, and maintain stateless and stateful user interfaces. https://reactjs.org/. async state issue)
  • GH 49703 – Only show alignment info when parent layout is constrained
  • GH 49450 – [Inserter]: Fix onHover error on patterns tab in mobile
  • GH 49364 – Fix site editor redirection after creating new template or template part
  • GH 49675 – Site Editor: fix the ‘back to Dashboard’ links labelling

What’s next?

The developer-reviewed workflow (double committer sign-off) is now in effect when making changes to the 6.2 branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch"..

The final release is expected on Tuesday, May 16th, 2023 (see the release planning). Please note that this date can change depending on possible issues after RC1 is released. Coordination will happen in the WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ 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/. #6-2-release-leads channel.

A special thanks to everyone who helped test, raised issues, and helped to fix tickets. With this release candidate, testing continues, so please help test!

The WordPress 6.2.1 release is led by @audrasjb, @mamaduka and @sergeybiryukov.

Thanks @costdev and @francina for proofreading.

#6-2, #6-2-1, #minor-releases, #releases