WordPress 6.7 Planning Proposal & Call for Volunteers

  • Please leave your feedback about the schedule and release squad size in the comments by July 19th.
  • If you are interested in participating in WordPress 6.7’s release squad as a lead, please show interest in the comments below, clearly specifying the role.

With WordPress 6.6 almost ready, it’s time to start planning WordPress 6.7 so that the release leads can participate from the start of the release cycle.

The timeline for the third release of 2024 takes into consideration WordCampWordCamp WordCamps 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. US in mid-September. To avoid having major milestones (Beta1, RC1) conflictconflict A 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 flagship events, this proposal suggests having WordPress 6.7 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. 1 after WordCamp US with a small buffer in between.

According to the schedule proposed below and the 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/ release cadence, WordPress 6.7 would include up to Gutenberg 19.3 for a total of 8 Gutenberg releases.

Proposed WordPress 6.7 Schedule

Alpha (trunktrunk A 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 6.7 release)June 25, 2024
Last Gutenberg 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). before Beta 1September 18, 2024
Beta 1October 1, 2024
Beta 2October 8, 2024
Beta 3October 15, 2024
Release Candidaterelease 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). 1October 22, 2024
Release Candidate 2October 29, 2024
Release Candidate 3November 5, 2024
Dry RunNovember 11, 2024
WordPress 6.7 General ReleaseNovember 12, 2024

Please leave your feedback about the schedule in the comments by July 19th.

Release Leads call for volunteers

With the recent switch to using the microsite as the base for the About page, some of the Marcomms lead’s responsibilities increasingly overlap with the Design Lead. Considering recurring feedback about the excessive number of release roles, we propose experimenting with combining the Marcomms and Release Coordination roles. This new consolidated role would absorb the duties of the Marcomms lead, streamline communication, and enhance collaboration, addressing the feedback on role complexity and redundancy while improving overall efficiency.

Leads in the squad should have proven experience and availability during the release cycle. Less experienced folks and newcomers are still welcome to follow along the process in preparation for future releases.

Some roles have already been filled by volunteers from the previous call, while others remain open. The TBDs in the list below indicate the number of spots that still need to be filled.

  • Release LeadRelease Lead The community member ultimately responsible for the Release.: Matt Mullenweg
  • Release Coordination and Communications: TBD
  • CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Tech Leads: Peter Wilson, Kira Schroder
  • Editor Tech Leads: Robert Anderson, Kai Hao
  • Triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. Leads: TBD
  • Documentation Leads: TBD
  • Test Lead: TBD
  • Design Lead: TBD
  • Performance Lead: TBD
  • Default Themes Lead: TBD

All release decisions will ultimately be this release team’s to make and communicate while gathering input from the community.

As a reminder, if you are interested in participating in WordPress 6.7’s release squad as a lead or as a cohort, please show interest in the comments below, specifying the desired role and level of involvement (lead/cohort).

Props to @peterwilsoncc for kicking off this post, and @chanthaboune and @cbringmann for reviewing it.

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