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WordPress 5.5 will be the second major release of 2020 and aims to include a navigation menus 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., automatic updates for plugins and themes, a block directory, XML sitemaps, lazy loading, and update 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/ to the latest releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. version as we continue to focus in 2020 on full sitesite (versus network, blog) editing via Gutenberg. Matt Mullenweg is the Release LeadRelease Lead The community member ultimately responsible for the Release., Jake Spurlock is the Release Coordinator, and David Baumwald is returning as Triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. PM. Joining the are CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Tech Sergey Biryukov, Editor Tech Ella van Durpe, Editor Design Michael Arestad, Media Tech Andrew Ozz, AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) Tech JB Audras, Documentation Coordinator Justin Ahinon, and the Marketing/Comms Coordinator is TBD. All release decisions will ultimately be this release teams’ to makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). and communicate while gathering input from the community. There will NOT be a new bundled theme included in 5.5.

Release Schedule

4 March 2020 Trunk is open for business. (Post-5.4)
13 May 2020
(+10w)
5.5 Kickoff meeting
7 July 2020
(+7w 6d)
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, begin writing Dev Notes and About page, and last chance to merge feature projects. (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/. archive, Zip download)
From this point on, no more commits for any new enhancements or feature requests in this release cycle, only 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. fixes and inline documentation. Work can continue on enhancements/feature requests not completed and committed by this point, and can be picked up for commit again at the start of the WordPress 5.6 development cycle.
14 July 2020
(+1w)
Beta 2 and continue writing Dev Notes and About page. (Slack archive, Zip download)
21 July 2020
(+1w)
Beta 3, continue writing Dev Notes and About page, and soft string freeze. (Slack archive, Zip download)
28 July 2020
(+1w)
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). 1, publish Field Guide with Dev Notes, commit About page, begin drafting release post, and hard string freeze. (Slack archive, Zip download)
4 August 2020
(+1w)
Release candidate 2, update About page images, and continue drafting release post. (Slack archive, Zip download)
10 August 2020
(+6d)
Dry run for release of WordPress 5.5 and 24 hour code freeze. (Slack archive)
11 August 2020
(+1d)
Target date for release of WordPress 5.5. 🎉

To get involved in WordPress core development, head on over to TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. and pick a 5.5 ticket. Need help? Check out the Core Contributor Handbook. Get your patches done and submitted as soon as possible, then help find people to test the patches and leave feedback on the ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker.. Patches for enhancements will not be committed after the dates posted above, so that we can all focus on squashing bugs and deliver the most bug-free WordPress ever.

If you want to dive deeper into 5.5, development is discussed at a weekly meeting in the #core Slack channel and occurs next at Wednesday at 20:00 UTC. Wish us luck!