Dev Chat Summary: July 5, 2023

The notes from the weekly WordPress developers chat which took place on Wednesday July 5, 2023 in the core channel of Make WordPress Slack.

Key links


  • WordPress 6.3 Beta 3: 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 is available for testing.
  • Breaking news: Dropping support for PHP 5: With 6.3, WordPress’s minimum supported version will be PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 7.0.0.

Highlighted posts

  • A Week in Core – July 3, 2023 — Props @audrasjb for pulling the last couple of weeks together! Here’s an overview of updates in TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. between June 19 and July 3, 2023:
    • 88 commits
    • 143 contributors
    • 87 tickets created
    • 19 tickets reopened
    • 115 tickets closed
    • and 18 new contributors in this period 

Updates on forthcoming releases

WordPress 6.3 — next 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.

Beta 4 for the 6.3 release is next Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Stay in the loopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. with 6.3 by checking out:

Components updates

Nothing to report.

Open Floor

@sabernhardt requested help with #58251 to move it forward.

@wesatintellitonic asked if “partially synced” patterns were still in the works for 6.3, or has that been punted to a later release? There have been 2 discussions about the topic on issue #48458 and PR #50649.

@lakshmananphp are footnotes supposed to stay at the bottom of the page or be movable? Since inserted footnotes are a 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., they appear to be movable. More information on this discussion PR #51201.